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Giants beat Tigers 2-0 for 3-0 World Series lead

Associated Press Modified: October 28, 2012 at 12:17 am •  Published: October 27, 2012
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DETROIT (AP) — OK, so even Bruce Bochy has to grudgingly admit that his San Francisco Giants are on a World Series roll.

"I'll say this: The club is playing well," the manager said.

Well enough to become the first team to throw consecutive Series shutouts in nearly a half-century.

Well enough to blank Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on a chilly Saturday night for a commanding 3-0 lead.

Well enough to win their franchise-record sixth straight postseason game and never trail in any in any of them.

"I think confidence is the biggest thing," newly found ace reliever Tim Lincecum said.

No team has ever blown such a huge margin in the World Series. And with the way Ryan Vogelsong, Lincecum and the Giants are pitching, it seemed unlikely the Tigers would even score a run, yet alone win a game.

Cabrera had the best chance to save the Tigers' season, but the Triple Crown winner popped up with the bases loaded in the fifth inning.

Gregor Blanco hit an RBI triple and trotted home on Brandon Crawford's single in the second inning, and that was ample for the Giants. Timely hits combined with another dominant effort on the mound and sharp defense put them close to their second title in three years.

After playing a nearly perfect Game 3, the Giants will turn to Mr. Perfect Game himself — ace Matt Cain — to try for a sweep Sunday against Max Scherzer.

"We've got Matt Cain tomorrow and he's the guy to finish this," Blanco said.

At this rate, it appeared only a bailout by the San Francisco staff could help the Motor City.

Don't count on it. Switching to an AL park, chilly weather and a crowd of towel-waving fans ready to rock didn't slow 'em down at all.

"Well, it's a good situation, but there's nothing been done yet," Bochy said. "It's a number, just like I said about two. Now it's three. But that's not the Series."

The Giants won their franchise-record sixth straight postseason game, and haven't trailed in any of them. The Tigers, coming off a sweep of the Yankees in the AL championship series, haven't held a lead in the Series.

"We're not forcing anything, we're just not getting it done," Tigers star Prince Fielder said.

"Obviously, you never visualize this kind of thing happening," he said.

Vogelsong, a career journeyman whose path to the World Series took detour to Japan and Venezuela, improved to 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA in four starts this postseason.

"I knew my stuff was pretty good," Vogelsong said. "I was really pumped up to be out there."

Vogelsong induced two early double plays, then faced his stiffest test in the fifth.

The bases were loaded with one out when Vogelsong fanned rookie Quintin Berry. That brought up Cabrera, honored on the field before the game with an actual blue-and-gold crown for his Triple Crown accomplishments.

With the fans chanting "M-V-P!" and likely sensing the whole Series was riding on this at-bat, Vogelsong seemed completely calm while chewing gum. He won the matchup, too, getting an easy popup that prompted Cabrera to slam his bat to the ground and elicited cheers in the San Francisco dugout.

"I was just trying to make a pitch," Vogelsong said. "And the way we're playing defense, really just trying to get him to put a ball in play somewhere because I had a good feeling we were going to catch it if he did."

Lincecum took over with two outs in the sixth, and the two-time Cy Young Award winner looked as if he had been coming out of the bullpen his whole life and shut down the Tigers.

Closer Sergio Romo finished off the combined five-hitter with his second save of the Series.

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