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COL@SF: Bumgarner strong over six to earn win No. 15

The wait is down to one day for the Giants.

With the Dodgers' loss to the Reds on Saturday, the Giants lowered their magic number to claim the National League West title to one, meaning a win against the Padres would send the Giants back to the postseason for the first time since their 2010 World Series run.

The Giants have left-hander Madison Bumgarner taking the ball against fellow lefty Andrew Werner of San Diego.

Padres manager Bud Black, whose club has enjoyed a second-half surge and improvement with each month, recognizes what the Giants have going for them as they stand on the cusp of their second division title in three years -- the first coming on the last game of the season against the Padres two Septembers ago.

"The Giants are a good team. They do a lot of things well, and they're balanced," Black said. "I think that's the thing that I look at now. They're balanced and they'll match up well with a lot of teams. All the teams that have proven themselves as division leaders for the most part are balanced, and that's what the Giants are."

The Giants have pushed their offense up a notch or two, to be sure, but it's pitching like they'll throw at the Padres in the second game of the three-game set. Take away a bit of a slump he had before a strong outing his last time out, and Bumgarner would be right alongside teammate Matt Cain's stellar performance in 2012.

The 23-year-old Bumgarner allowed one run on four hits in six innings against the Rockies his last time out, picking up his 15th victory of the season. He has gone 2-0 with a 3.05 ERA in three starts against the Padres this season.

Werner, meanwhile, will be making his sixth career start Saturday. The 25-year-old had quality starts his first four times out but had a rough one against the Rockies last Sunday, allowing five runs in five innings.

Padres: Quentin's status uncertain
Carlos Quentin, who was out of the lineup Friday for the second straight game with soreness in his surgically repaired right knee, was available but not used in Friday's game.

Quentin had returned to the lineup Wednesday after a six-game break but soreness returned during that game. Black said he was available off the bench Friday if needed.

• Chase Headley's blast to right-center Friday off Ryan Vogelsong gave him 29 on the year, leaving him one shy of becoming the 17th 30-homer hitter in franchise history.

Giants: Posey earns 'Mac' award
Whatever other hardware Buster Posey might pick up for his performance this year, he already won a prized award in the Giants organization by being named the 2012 recipient of the Willie Mac Award, named after Hall of Famer Willie McCovey and presented to the player considered the most inspirational.

Calling it a "great honor," the catcher and cleanup hitter whose numbers are putting him in the thick of the Most Valuable Player race said, "Then to have your name mentioned alongside Willie McCovey's makes it even better."

Posey went on to collect his 96th RBI and now has hit safely in 50 of his last 61 games.

• Angel Pagan's career-high 15th triple gave the Giants 54 on the season, the most in the Majors. The most the Giants have hit in a season since coming to San Francisco is 62 in 1960.

Worth noting
• The Padres are now 10-8 in September, and the Giants are 14-5.

• With the two weekend games remaining and then three more in San Diego next week, the Giants lead the season series 9-4. Comments