ARLINGTON TX - NOVEMBER 01: Pitcher Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants and teammates celebrate defeating the Texas Rangers 3-1 to win the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Giants Win The World Series By 3-1 Score As Brian Wilson Completes Save

They say it's the first time the Giants have won the World Series since 1954. Realistically, this is the first time they've ever done it as the current team. This is San Francisco's first world championship since moving from New York to California.

After Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum traded zeroes for six innings, Edgar Renteria came up in the seventh and, with two outs, delivered a sudden, surprising three-run home run to put the Giants in the lead.

And though the Rangers were able to get one back in the bottom half on a solo shot by Nelson Cruz, that was the last run they'd be able to score. Lincecum kept them quiet the rest of the way in the seventh. Lincecum kept them quiet in the eighth. And closer Brian Wilson came out and slammed the door in the ninth.

Josh Hamilton led off by taking a called strike three on a 95mph fastball. The next batter - Vladimir Guerrero - grounded out to short on a first-pitch slider. And the third batter - Nelson Cruz - was the final batter of the season. Cruz worked a full count, but swung and missed at a high fastball, and all the Giants poured out of the dugout and bullpen to commence the celebration.

Soak it all in.


World Series Game 5, Giants Vs. Rangers: Nelson Cruz Home Run Chips Away At Lead

The bottom of the seventh inning brought good news and bad news to a Rangers team that suddenly found itself needing to claw back from a deficit.

Edgar Renteria's two-out, three-run homer in the top of the seventh gave the Giants a sudden, unexpected 3-0 lead. Tim Lincecum took that lead into the bottom half, and he was able to strike out the first batter he saw - Vladimir Guerrero - on four pitches, the last of which being a changeup in the dirt.

That brought Nelson Cruz to the plate with nobody on, but Cruz isn't one to go down without a fight. On a 1-1 count, Cruz did what he does best, yanking a low pitch into the left field seats. The solo homer narrowed San Francisco's lead to 3-1.

Ian Kinsler then followed with a walk, and it felt like the Rangers had some life. Unfortunately for them, David Murphy struck out on five pitches, and needing a big hit, Bengie Molina struck out on five as well to end the frame.

The Rangers got one of the runs they needed, but they gave away three outs to get it, and they head into the eighth still behind by two. Neftali Feliz is on out of the bullpen in relief of Cliff Lee to keep things where they are. Lee's day:

7 innings
6 hits
3 runs
0 walks
6 strikeouts
95 pitches (69 strikes)


World Series Game 5, Giants Vs. Rangers: Edgar Renteria Home Run Establishes Late Lead

Hold the phone. After six innings of Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum looking terrific, we saw our first cracks form in the top of the seventh. And unfortunately for Lee and the Rangers, they're now facing very long odds if they want to stay alive and send this series back to California.

Cody Ross worked a long at bat to lead off and grounded a single back up the middle past Elvis Andrus. And with some speculating that he might bunt, Juan Uribe followed with a base hit of his own into center field.

That put a runner on second for the first time in the game, and Aubrey Huff subsequently moved the runners over by dropping down his first sacrifice bunt of the year. Up came Pat Burrell with a big opportunity to shake off his struggles and put the Giants out in front.

He couldn't do it. On a full count, Lee struck Burrell out swinging with a cutter, and that brought Edgar Renteria to the plate as the Giants' big hope. A grounder or a fly ball wouldn't do it anymore. If the Giants wanted to score, they needed a hit.

And Renteria provided a hit. A huge hit. After getting ahead in the count 2-0, Renteria got a high cutter over the middle of the plate and launched it to left-center field. It didn't look too bad off the bat, but David Murphy kept running back until he ran out of room, and the ball disappeared over the fence for a three-run home run.

Aaron Rowand flew out to end the inning and take us to the stretch, but the Giants are now up 3-0, nine outs away from a World Series title, with Tim Lincecum absolutely dealing.

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