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Madison Bumgarner, Conor Gillaspie lead Giants over Mets in N.L. wild-card game

San Francisco’s Conor Gillaspie connects for a three-run home run against the New York Mets during the ninth inning of the National League wild-card baseball game Wednesday in New York. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)
San Francisco’s Conor Gillaspie connects for a three-run home run against the New York Mets during the ninth inning of the National League wild-card baseball game Wednesday in New York. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)
By Mike Fitzpatrick Associated Press

NEW YORK – Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter in his latest postseason gem, Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run homer off Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the defending N.L. champion New York Mets 3-0 Wednesday night in the wild-card game.

Trying to follow their World Series titles in 2010, ’12 and ’14, the Giants open the N.L. Division Series on Friday at the best-in-the-majors Chicago Cubs.

Bumgarner has pitched 23 consecutive scoreless innings in winner-take-all postseason games – all on the road – following a four-hitter 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.

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard didn’t allow a hit until two outs in the sixth and gave up two hits in seven innings. Addison Reed escaped bases-loaded trouble in the eighth.

Brandon Crawford doubled leading off the ninth against Familia, who walked Joe Panik with one out.

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