Bumgarner, Gillaspie lead Giants over Mets 3-0; Cubs next

NEW YORK (AP) " San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete-game shutout and Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Giants a 3-0 win at the New York Mets on Wednesday in the National League wildcard game.

The Giants " who are trying to continue the pattern of winning the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014 " advanced to an NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs starting Friday while the Mets, last year's NL winner, were eliminated.

Bumgarner has pitched 23 consecutive scoreless innings in winner-take-all postseason games " all on the road " including a shutout at Pittsburgh in the 2014 wild-card game and five innings of relief at Kansas City to save Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.

"He's one of the game's great big-game pitchers," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Asked how he wants to be remembered, Bumgarner said: "I'm a winner. That's all anybody wants to be."

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard didn't allow a hit until two outs in the sixth and gave up no runs in seven innings, as the duel between the two teams respective aces lived up to expectation.

Reliever Addison Reed escaped bases-loaded trouble in the eighth.

In the ninth, New York closer Jeurys Familia took the mound. Brandon Crawford doubled leading off, and Familia walked Joe Panik with one out before Gillaspie hit his homer beyond right-center field.

Familia led the majors this year with a club-record 51 saves while allowing only one home run, but gave up this game-winning shot when it mattered most.

Gillaspie, starting at third base for injured Eduardo Nunez, drove a 1-1 pitch over the fence and pumped his arm as he rounded first base.

"I don't know what I was thinking. Normally I'm not a fired-up guy. I let some frustration out from the first six innings with that swing," Gillaspie said.

Bumgarner closed out the win by retiring New York's best hitters in succession and smacked his glove in triumph when rookie T.J. Rivera flied out to end it.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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