(SportsNetwork.com) - Madison Bumgarner had a terrific month of May and looks to continue his success in June when the San Francisco Giants play the rubber match of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Bumgarner earned NL Pitcher of the Month honors for May by going 5-0 with a 2.08 earned run average in six starts. He posted 48 strikeouts and issued only five walks. Bumgarner, who has struck out 10 batters in consecutive starts, tossed seven scoreless innings in Friday's 9-4 win at St. Louis.
The left-hander is 7-3 in 12 starts with a 2.85 ERA and 4-1 in seven road assignments this season. Bumgarner has made four career starts against Cincinnati, going 1-2 with a 5.16 ERA.
Reds starter Mike Leake ended a lengthy winless drought his last time out and will oppose Bumgarner on Thursday. Leake was 0-3 with a respectable 2.72 ERA in seven starts before defeating Arizona on the road Friday.
Leake allowed four runs, three of which were earned, and six hits in six innings of a 6-4 win. The Reds were 1-6 during Leake's seven-game rut and the right-hander improved to 3-4 in 11 starts with a 2.92 ERA. Leake hopes to keep his unblemished record against the Giants intact, as he is 4-0 lifetime in six games (5 starts) with a 3.71 ERA.
San Francisco evened this series with Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Reds, as the club took the lead for good in the sixth inning on a solo home run from Michael Morse and a two-run blast by Juan Perez.
"Juan had been playing very well down in (Triple-A) Fresno," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Perez. "He came through today for us. We needed it. Great win for us after a tough night."
Ryan Vogelsong earned the win on the mound for the NL West leaders and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings of work. He walked one and yielded two runs, and closer Sergio Romo nailed down his 18th save with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Giants, winners in 13 of the last 19 as the guest, are 4-2 on a seven-game trek and have won nine of their last 12 games overall. They have the best record in baseball at 38-21 and will start a 10-game homestand this weekend versus the New York Mets, Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies.
In other teams news, San Francisco starting pitcher Matt Cain is slated to return on Friday in the series opener versus the Mets. Cain has been bothered by a hamstring injury suffered May 21 against Colorado. It was Cain's second stint on the disabled list this season after he suffered a lacerated finger in late April.
The Reds had won a season-high four in a row and five of six games, and starting pitcher Tony Cingrani continued to struggle by allowing three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three, and was performing well until giving up two homers in the sixth inning.
"I felt pretty good. My arm felt pretty strong. There were a couple of positives that came out of it," Cingrani said. "I threw a couple of good sliders in there and then a couple of bad pitches. I lost the ballgame."
Billy Hamilton had three hits, Todd Frazier homered and Jay Bruce drove in a run for the Reds, who couldn't build on Tuesday's 8-3 win and are 1-1 on a 10- game homestand. Philadelphia and Los Angeles will also visit Great American Ball Park.
The Reds have won seven of the last nine meetings with the Giants in the regular season, but fell to 0-8 in the second game of a series after winning the opener.