SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 27: Juan Uribe #5 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with Cody Ross #13 and Edgar Renteria #16 after hitting a three run homerun in the fifth inning against Darren O'Day #56 of the Texas Rangers in Game One of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park on October 27 2010 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Giants Prove Cliff Lee Is Human, Rough Up Rangers' Ace To Take Game 1, 11-7

The Giants knocked Cliff Lee out of the game in the fifth during a six-run explosion, and they were able to hang on the rest of the way in taking a one-game lead over the Rangers in the World Series. Check out more at Lone Star Ball and McCovey Chronicles.

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World Series Game 1, Rangers Vs. Giants: Brian Wilson Finishes Off Busy Ninth

And we're all done with a game that didn't really turn out the way so many people figured it would.

Inheriting an 11-4 lead, Ramon Ramirez came out of the Giants bullpen for the top of the ninth and promptly allowed a single and a walk. He got Michael Young to fly out, but Young would be Ramirez's last batter, as Bruce Bochy came out to fetch Jeremy Affeldt.

Affeldt was in to face the lefty Josh Hamilton, but he couldn't get the job done, uncorking a wild pitch and then walking Hamilton on six pitches to load the bases.

That meant that it was time for Brian Wilson, since seven-run leads have been known to evaporate so quickly in the past. Wilson faced Vladimir Guerrero to start off, and Guerrero lined out to right. The fly scored a run but pushed the Rangers to their final out.

Nelson Cruz followed with a double to center that scored another two runs, making it an 11-7 game. Even still, the tying run was still in the hole, and Ian Kinsler would fly out to end the game.

It's a 1-0 series lead for San Francisco, who will send Matt Cain to the hill Thursday night.


World Series Game 1, Rangers Vs. Giants: Travis Ishikawa Drives In First Of Three Insurance Runs

This became an 8-4 game in the top of the sixth, and it remained that way into the bottom of the eighth after some good work on both sides by relievers Alexi Ogando, Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo, and Javier Lopez. It was Romo and Lopez who combined to keep the Rangers quiet in the top of the eighth, putting them three outs away from a loss.

And in the bottom half, the Giants have added some insurance by taking advantage of Mark Lowe and Vladimir Guerrero's defense in right field. Edgar Renteria lined a single to right, and Guerrero couldn't handle the bounce, allowing the ball to get behind him and Renteria to advance to third with nobody out.

Renteria then scored on a double to left off the bat of Travis Ishikawa, turning this into a five-run game.

And the Giants weren't done. Two batters later, Freddy Sanchez drilled a grounder down the first base line, getting all the way into right field. Guerrero again fumbled with the ball, and Ishikawa scored while Sanchez moved up to second. That put the Giants up 10-4. And after Ron Washington replaced Mark Lowe with Michael Kirkman, Nate Schierholtz ripped a single into center that scored Sanchez and made it 11-4.

We're off to the ninth, and all the Giants need to do is keep the Rangers from putting up a seven-spot. I think they can manage.


World Series Game 1, Rangers Vs. Giants: Tim Lincecum Knocked Out In Sixth

Minutes ago, the Giants were ecstatic. They were fresh off a six-run fifth inning that saw them knock Cliff Lee to the dugout and take an 8-2 lead.

The situation is a little bit more iffy now. The top of the sixth started well, as Tim Lincecum needed just eight pitches to strike out both Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz.

But then a rally got started. Ian Kinsler fought back from a two-strike count to draw a ten-pitch walk. Bengie Molina ripped a high and tight slider into left field to score Kinsler all the way from first. Mitch Moreland hit an infield single off of Lincecum's body to put runners on the corners. And pinch-hitter David Murphy grounded a single through the hole into right field to score Molina.

Murphy's single made it an 8-4 ballgame, and Bruce Bochy came out to remove Lincecum. His line:

5.2 innings
8 hits
4 runs
2 walks
3 strikeouts
93 pitches (64 strikes)

Bochy called on Santiago Casilla to work out of a two-runner mess. Casilla was able to do just that, working back from a 2-0 count to strike out Elvis Andrus on an inside slider. The Giants have a four-run lead going into the bottom of the sixth.


World Series Game 1, Rangers Vs. Giants: Juan Uribe Blasts Three-Run Home Run

This was already bad. This was already bad enough for the Rangers when they saw Cliff Lee get knocked out in the bottom of the fifth. At that point, the Giants had scored three runs in the inning to take a 5-2 lead, and they'd gotten themselves into the Ranger bullpen.

Then it got worse. So much worse. Darren O'Day came in out of the bullpen to face Juan Uribe. O'Day fell behind 2-0, missing with a pair of outside sliders. He tried to come back inside with a fastball, and Uribe was waiting for it, putting a good swing on the ball and driving it deep over the left-center fence.

Uribe's blast kept the crowd on its feet and turned a 5-2 thriller into an 8-2 blowout. The inning didn't even end there, as there was still time for a hit batter and a fielding error before O'Day was able to record the third out.

A six-run fifth inning has the Giants up by a very comfortable margin, and though there's ordinarily some worry that the starting pitcher gets cold sitting in the dugout for so long, Lincecum actually came to the plate twice in the frame, so his blood is pumping. All he needs to do now is pitch easy and get hitters out.


World Series Game 1, Rangers Vs. Giants: Cliff Lee Knocked Out In Fifth

Tim Lincecum looks to be settled in. He's retired 11 of the last 12 batters he's faced, and he set the Rangers down 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. Nine pitches earned him a pop out and a pair of grounders.

That's great news for the Giants. Better news for the Giants is that, all of a sudden, they also have a big lead.

Lincecum started the bottom of the fifth with a groundout. But Andres Torres came up swinging, ripping a first-pitch cutter into left field for a one-out double.

And with the go-ahead run in scoring position, Freddy Sanchez stood in and came through yet again. Sanchez worked a 2-1 count and then crushed a high fastball into center field. The ball came down, Torres came around to score, and Sanchez arrived at second base with his third double of the game. That put the Giants on top 3-2.

And they weren't done there. After a strikeout, Pat Burrell drew a walk to put two runners on. Cody Ross then grounded a ball back up the middle and into center field for an RBI single.

Following that, Aubrey Huff ripped another single back up the middle to score Burrell from second. That put the Giants up 5-2, and brought Ron Washington out of the dugout to remove Cliff Lee from the game. In comes Darren O'Day, and here's Lee's line:

4.2 innings
8 hits
1 walk
7 strikeouts
104 pitches (69 strikes)

O'Day inherits two outs and men on first and second.


World Series Game 1, Rangers Vs. Giants: Freddy Sanchez, Buster Posey Tie Game Up

After a shaky pair of early innings, Tim Lincecum settled down in the third, putting the Rangers away 1-2-3 on just eight pitches. That brought the Giants bats back to the plate, and this time, they were able to do some damage against Cliff Lee. So much damage that we're all tied up.

Starting things off, Edgar Renteria pulled a grounder to Michael Young's left at third base. Young was unable to come up with the ball cleanly, and by the time he picked it up, he didn't have a play. Renteria reached safely.

Lincecum followed by popping up a bunt attempt, but then Andres Torres stood in and got hit by an inside pitch in the arm. The hit batsman was just Lee's second all season long, and it gave the Giants a pair of baserunners.

And they cashed in. Freddy Sanchez ripped a ball into the left-center gap for his second double of the game, scoring Renteria from second. And then Buster Posey hit a soft line drive over Elvis Andrus' head at short, scoring Torres from third.

That tied the game up, and the Giants still had men on the corners with one out. But Lee settled down, freezing both Pat Burrell and Cody Ross for consecutive strikeouts. It was a good job of bouncing back, and the Giants may go on to regret wasting an opportunity to add on, but for now, they'll be happy with the tie.


World Series Game 1, Rangers Vs. Giants: Cliff Lee Helps Own Cause In Second

The Rangers pushed a run across in the top of the first, and Cliff Lee worked around a double in the bottom half to keep the score 1-0. Lee then came out and helped his own cause in a second inning that saw the Rangers add another.

Leading off against Tim Lincecum, Bengie Molina lined a base hit the other way into right field. Mitch Moreland followed with a strikeout, bringing Lee to the plate, but after fouling a bunt off, Lee decided to swing away and drilled a fastball over the outer half into the left-center gap. The ball split Pat Burrell and Andres Torres, who had been playing shallow, and Lee wound up on second with a double. Molina advanced to third.

Elvis Andrus stepped in next and lifted a fly ball into moderate center field. Molina, of course, doesn't run very well, but he was nevertheless able to tag up and score on the fly, as Torres' throw home sailed well offline. Lee advanced to third, but was stranded there.

It's 2-0 Rangers going into the bottom of the second, and already, the Giants are up against it.


World Series Game 1, Rangers Vs. Giants: Vladimir Guerrero RBI Single Drives In First Run

Willie Mays, it turns out, is feeling under the weather, and wasn't able to come out and throw the ceremonial first pitch. But the pregame stuff all went off without a hitch otherwise. There was a flyover and introductions and everything, with the best moment being the introduction of Bengie Molina. Molina received loud applause and took a moment to acknowledge the crowd.

After all the ceremonial stuff, the game got going. And unfortunately for San Francisco, it got going in the Rangers' favor. The very first batter of the World Series was Elvis Andrus, and on a 1-1 pitch from Tim Lincecum, Andrus ripped a base hit into left field.

With Andrus on, Lincecum was immediately distracted, and the next batter - Michael Young - was able to work his way back from a 1-2 count to a seven-pitch walk.

That put two runners on for Josh Hamilton, who tapped a slow grounder to move the runners up. And then Vladimir Guerrero came in and swatted a grounder off Lincecum's leg. Aubrey Huff retrieved the ball, but there was no time to make a play, and Guerrero had an infield single. Andrus scored on the hit to put the Rangers up 1-0.

Standing in next was Nelson Cruz, with another run just 90 feet away. And what happened was, in a word, strange. Cruz hit a tapper back to Lincecum, who fielded the ball with ease. And Michael Young had broken home on the play, meaning Lincecum had Young in a rundown. Lincecum was able to run Young back to third base, but for whatever reason, he failed to throw to the third baseman, meaning everybody was safe. The Rangers had the bases loaded and only one out due to a momentary lapse in concentration.

Lincecum, though, worked out of it when Ian Kinsler stepped in and drilled a grounder to third. Juan Uribe stepped on the bag and threw over to Huff for a 5-3 double play, and that would end the frame.

Lincecum's pitch count stands at 22.

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