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Madison Bumgarner was good for Giants, but Pirates were better

Madison Bumgarner had a terrific outing on Monday, but it wasn't enough, as the Pirates ended the Giants' eight-game win streak. Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo

Madison Bumgarner brought his ace-caliber stuff. But the Pittsburgh Pirates still came away with the win.

Bumgarner pitched eight strong innings, yet the San Francisco Giants' eight-game winning streak was snapped Monday night. It was Bumgarner’s fourth complete-game loss since 2014, most in the majors in that span.

Here’s how the Pirates got it done in this one:

Locke was locked in

Jeff Locke tossed 6⅔ outstanding innings, limiting the Giants to five hits with no walks. Locke kept the Giants off balance by utilizing his changeup and targeting the outer half of the plate.

Locke threw his changeup 38 percent of the time. That’s the highest percentage he has thrown the pitch in a start in his career. The Giants went 2-for-12 against his changeup.

Locke's pitches landed on the outer half of the plate or off the outside corner 54 percent of the time, his second-highest rate in a start this season. The Giants went 2-for-15 on those pitches.

Unlikely offensive hero

Erik Kratz hit a solo home run in the fifth inning (that was nearly caught by Angel Pagan) to score the only run of the game. Kratz was 2-for-44 (.045) this season entering the game, the worst batting average in the majors (minimum 30 at bats).

Kratz became the third Pirates catcher in the live ball era to hit a home run in a 1-0 game and catch the shutout. The previous two instances were both against the Mets. Humberto Cota did it in 2004 and Ed Ott in 1978.

Flashback time

The last time the Pirates defeated the Giants by a 1-0 margin was on April 28, 1989. Glenn Wilson had a bases-loaded walk to score the only run of the game, which was won by John Smiley and lost by Rick Reuschel.

Barry Bonds went 0-for-4 that day ... for the Pirates.