After going 21-5 in July, Rays open August with a loss

Rays first back-to-back losses in a month

St. Petersburg - Madison Bumgarner struck out 11 in seven innings, Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer and the San Francisco Giants beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Friday night.

This was the first time since 2004 that the teams met. The last-place Giants won their third in a row overall.

Tampa Bay has lost two in a row, including its first game in August. The Rays went 21-5 in July.

Bumgarner (11-7) gave up one run, working around seven hits and three walks. He tied his season high for strikeouts.

Sergio Romo got two outs for his 26th save. Brandon Belt had three hits, including a solo homer, for the Giants.

After Belt, who began the day mired in a 1-for-19 slide, hit an RBI triple in the seventh against Chris Archer (6-4), Crawford followed with his home run for a 4-1 lead.

Archer allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings. He had permitted just two runs -- one earned -- over 31 innings in winning his previous four starts.

Belt got the Giants' first two hits off Archer. He singled in the third and tied it at 1 on his homer in the fifth, which stopped a career-high stretch of 18 shutout innings for Archer.

Ben Zobrist put the Rays ahead 1-0 with an RBI single in the third. Bumgarner, who had a 16-inning scoreless streak end, avoided a big inning by getting an inning-ending pop fly from Sean Rodriguez with the bases loaded.

Bumgarner worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the fifth by retiring Evan Longoria, Wil Myers and Rodriguez.

This is just the third series between the teams. When they last played in June 2004 in Florida, the Giants had Barry Bonds and Jose Bautista was on the roster of the then-Devil Rays.

NOTES: Struggling Giants LHP Barry Zito will not make his next scheduled start Sunday and will be replaced by RHP Guillermo Moscoso. ... Rays RHP Alex Cobb, hit in the head by a liner in June, is scheduled to pitch Saturday for Class A Charlotte. His first rehab start lasted just two pitches due to a blister. ... Tampa Bay LHP David Price (6-5) and San Francisco RHP Tim Lincecum (5-11) are Saturday night's scheduled starters. It will be just the second game in Rays' history featuring former Cy Young Award winners. Price faced Toronto RHP R.A. Dickey on May 9.

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