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Pagan joins Cabrera in record production for Giants

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Much was made of Melky Cabrera's 51 hits in May, which matched Randy Winn's San Francisco record for hits in a month.

But little has been made of Angel Pagan's record.

Pagan's is a franchise record, not just a San Francisco record.

The center fielder hit in 25 straight home games, and that's a record dating to the history of the franchise, including the New York years -- though records go back to just 1918, and the Giants' origins were in the 1800s.

The Giants beat the Cubs 4-3, and Pagan's bloop single in the third inning extended his home hit streak to 25 games, surpassing Don Mueller's record of 24 in a row set from Sept. 13, 1954, to May 5, 1955.

Pagan, acquired from the Mets in the trade that sent Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez to the Mets, has been part of a brand-new, productive outfield, also including left fielder Melky Cabrera and right fielder Gregor Blanco.

"I've never been looking for that," Pagan said of the record. "I just go out there every day and try to do the best I can for the team."

Batting coach Hensley Muelens informed Pagan of the streak early Friday, and Pagan got the record-breaking hit as the Giants beat the Cubs behind a stellar effort by pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who struck out a season-high 11 batters and issued zero walks in one of his strongest career games. He ended a four-game winless streak in the process.
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