Bumgarner homers off Kershaw, Giants sweep Dodgers

May 21, 2015 9:42 PM by Ross Field

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner homered off Clayton Kershaw and once again outpitched the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young winner, too, as the San Francisco Giants shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers for the third straight day, 4-0 Thursday.

The Giants outscored the Dodgers 10-0 in sweeping the three-game series.

This was the third time this season that Bumgarner, the current World Series MVP, had started against Kershaw - the Giants have won all three.

Bumgarner (5-2) worked around seven hits and two walks in 6 1-3 innings, striking out six. He improved to 9-3 in his last 13 starts against the Dodgers.

Bumgarner became the first pitcher to homer off Kershaw (2-3). The Giants' star connected for his seventh career home run, hitting a solo shot into the left field bleachers in the third.

Last year, Bumgarner hit four home runs, including two grand slams. He had managed just one single in 17 at-bats this year going into the game.

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