Inclement weather forced Madison Bumgarner to exit his last outing.
The Miami Marlins can claim responsibility each time they've faced him.
Bumgarner attempts to lead the San Francisco Giants to their longest winning streak since early May on Sunday as he takes aim at his first career victory against the Marlins.
Bumgarner (11-7, 2.73) leads San Francisco in wins, strikeouts (154) and innings (158), while compiling the lowest ERA of any member of the rotation.
The left-hander, named to his first All-Star game last month, has been particularly impressive over his last 11 starts, going 6-3 with a 1.80 ERA - 4-1 with a 1.62 ERA in six road games.
Bumgarner had completed seven innings in 10 straight games before a prolonged rain delay ended that run Tuesday, when he was limited to four innings and allowed one run in a 4-2 loss at Washington.
Miami's retractable roof means Bumgarner won't have to worry about a possibility of rain Sunday interrupting his fourth attempt at his first win over the Marlins. He's 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA in three career starts, and he surrendered five runs in six innings to lose 5-3 in his only appearance at Marlins Park on May 26, 2012.
The Giants, however, have won three in a row there since, including Saturday's 6-4 victory after opening this three-game series with their best offensive display of the season in a 14-10 victory.
They last swept the Marlins on the road from May 4-6, 2010.
Pablo Sandoval may play a key role if San Francisco is to do it again. The third baseman is 8 for 15 with seven RBIs over his last four road games, getting five hits while driving in five runs in this series.
His hustle sparked a four-run fourth Saturday, when he slid into first for a two-out infield single that scored Brandon Belt .
"It worked, hustle," Sandoval said. "That's a good rally for us. You have to play like that no matter what situation. That's the guy that I am, I play hard every day no matter what the situation is."
Belt had his career-high 11-game hitting streak end after going 0 for 2 Saturday, but he walked twice and scored as many times. He's hitting .413 since Aug. 5 with four homers, four doubles and a triple among his 19 hits.
The Marlins, losers in 10 of their last 13 games, will turn to Tom Koehler (3-8, 4.62), who was terrific in his only career start against the Giants on June 20. He yielded one run and three hits in seven innings of a 2-1 road win.
The rookie right-hander enters this matchup as the loser of back-to-back starts, surrendering eight runs in 10 1-3 innings. However, both of those came on the road, and Koehler won his most recent home game in impressive fashion on Aug. 1, scattering five hits in six innings of a 3-0 win over the Mets.
He had been 0-4 with a 5.97 ERA over his first seven games in Miami - five starts.
Giancarlo Stanton homered Saturday for the first time since July 28, and he's 11 for 31 (.355) with three doubles, four homers and nine RBIs in nine career home meetings with the Giants.
He's also pounded Bumgarner, going 6 for 8 with five doubles.
|San Francisco Giants|
|August 15, 2013||Sandy Rosario||Day-to-Day||Bruised sternum|
|July 31, 2013||Pablo Sandoval||Day-to-Day||Bruised right heel|
|July 30, 2013||Buster Posey||Day-to-Day||Ill|
|July 29, 2013||Tony Abreu||15-Day DL||Left knee bursitis|
|July 25, 2013||Marco Scutaro||Day-to-Day||Back soreness|
|July 21, 2013||Jeremy Affeldt||15-Day DL||Strained left groin|
|July 26, 2013||Kevin Slowey||15-Day DL||Right forearm discomfort|
|July 23, 2013||Marcell Ozuna||15-Day DL||Torn left thumb ligament|
|June 25, 2013||Justin Ruggiano||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|June 09, 2013||Chris Coghlan||15-Day DL||Right calf irritation|
|June 09, 2013||Casey Kotchman||60-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 27, 2013||Alex Sanabia||60-Day DL||Right groin discomfort|
MIAMI (AP) -- A bad bounce brought a bit of good fortune to the Miami Marlins .
Jeff Mathis hit an early home run, then lined a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning that deflected off Giants center fielder Andres Torres and sent Miami over San Francisco 6-5 Sunday.
"You definitely a little bit of luck there today for us," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We scored a couple a couple runs on some wild hops and a wild pitch, but hey, we'll take it."
It was 5-all in a back-and-forth game when Ed Lucas led off the eighth with a single against Sandy Rosario (3-1). With one out, Mathis hit a liner to left-center and the ball dropped in front of Torres' dive and caromed off him.
"When I was getting ready to dive, my foot kind of got stuck in the ground and I missed the ball," Torres said. "It just got away from me and kept rolling."
Lucas scored on the play.
"It's incredibly cliche to say, but sometimes the ball bounces your way," he said.
Chad Qualls (4-1) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings and Steve Cishek worked the ninth for his 27th save in 29 chances.
Hector Sanchez singled with one out in the ninth before Buster Posey grounded into a game-ending double play.
Hunter Pence homered and drove in three runs, Brandon Crawford also hit a home run, and Gregor Blanco had three hits for the Giants.
Miami starter Tom Koehler allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings.
Crawford led off the seventh a home run against Mike Dunn , tying it at 4. Sanchez hit a go-ahead double later in the inning that put the Giants ahead.
"Anytime you lose a lead it's a little deflating," Mathis said.
Guillermo Moscoso , who struck out the side in the sixth, allowed an RBI double by Donovan Solano in the seventh to tie game at 5.
Pence broke his home run drought with a two-run drive in the first. It was his first home run since July 13 at San Diego, a span of 111 at-bats.
"The focus is on each individual at-bat, so when you don't (hit a home run) for a long time that can be frustrating, but it doesn't change the constant of being ready for the next at-bat and the next at-bat after that and trusting that eventually it will happen," Pence said.
Mathis hit a solo home run in the third off Madison Bumgarner to cut the Marlins' deficit to 2-1.
Back-to-back RBI singles by Lucas and Adeiny Hechavarria in the fourth gave Miami a 3-2 lead.
"It seemed like every pitch I threw today was just a hair off and in the wrong direction," said Bumgarner who allowed four runs in give innings. "It was just kind of frustrating for me today."
Pence tied it a 3 with an RBI single in the fifth, his eighth RBI in the three-game series.
Miami regained the lead at 4-3 in the fifth on a wild pitch by Bumgarner.
"There were balls bouncing everywhere today," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We gave up too many runs and missed a couple of good opportunities. The wild pitch there that we allowed a run to score on, and the bounce off Andres. ... We let this one get away, the way I look at it."
NOTES: The home run sculpture in the outfield got jammed and did not go off after Mathis' home run. ... Since 2010, Blanco is hitting .470 (31 for 66) with five doubles, three triples, and eight RBIs in 18 games against the Marlins. ... Miami RHP Jose Fernandez (8-5, 2.45 ERA) will face fellow Cuban phenom Yasiel Puig for the first time on Monday when the Los Angeles Dodgers arrive in Miami for a four-game series. "I'm going to try to get him out, and he's going to try to get a hit against me," Fernandez said. "It's going to be a good battle and the fans are going to love it." The Dodgers will counter with LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-3, 2.91 ERA).