NEW YORK — On a weekend full of fine pitching performances and brisk games, Madison Bumgarner tossed the best game yet.
His two-hit shutout was far more than the Giants needed, and two home runs by Hunter Pence helped them beat the New York Mets 9-0 Sunday.
Bumgarner also singled, walked and scored two runs.
"He helps himself as much as any pitcher," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "You throw a shutout, it's always impressive, but the way he pitched today, it's fun to watch.
Bumgarner (13-8) beat the Mets again, running his record to 3-0 in five games against them and helping the Giants to their third win in 10 games. Brandon Belt and Buster Posey also went deep for San Francisco.
The left-hander struck out 10 and walked one in his second career shutout (the other was a one-hitter in 2012 against the Reds), wrapping up Sunday's gem with a punch out of pinch-hitter Travis d'Arnaud to wrap up the game in a tidy 94 pitches.
"Fastball command is what set up that whole game for us." Bumgarner said. "When you're feeling good on days like today, you can go after guys,"
On Friday night, Ryan Vogelsong gave up two hits and one run in a game that ended in 2 hours, 6 minutes. On Saturday night, New York's Jacob deGrom and Jake Peavy both took no-hitters into the seventh inning.
Mets starter Bartolo Colon (10-9) was going for win No. 200, but the Giants got to him with a couple of home runs that barely cleared the walls before he started to look eminently hittable in the three-run fifth inning. Pence's two-run shot in the third was a line drive that went off the railing above the moved-in fence in left field. Brandon Belt hit a towering fly to right that tucked in just over the fence and inside the pole there for a 3-0 lead.
"I was real surprised, after he gets going into a game he actually gets better and better, today he just really did not have his good stuff," Mets manager Terry Collins said.