Giants on brink of World Series win

Source:AFP-Global Times Published: 2014-10-27 23:03:01

Pitcher Bumgarner shines again

Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday in San Francisco. Photo: AFP

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner ­delivered another dominant World Series display on Sunday as San Francisco beat Kansas City 5-0 to move within one game of winning Major League Baseball's championship showcase.

The Giants took a commanding 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, and can wrap up their third title in five years when the 110th World Series moves to Kansas City on Tuesday for game six.

San Francisco ended a 56-year title drought in 2010 and won again in 2012.

Game seven, if necessary, will be on Wednesday in Kansas City, with the Royals hoping they will still be able to challenge for a second World Series title.

They are in the postseason for the first time since winning it all in 1985, but have now lost back-to-back games for the first time since losing on September 19 and 20 against Detroit.

Bumgarner has been a key factor in putting the Giants on the cusp of ­another trophy. The 25-year-old southpaw ­added to his already impressive postseason ­resume, becoming the first pitcher to throw a shutout in a World Series game  since Josh Beckett did so for Florida in a clinching game-six win at Yankee Stadium in 2003.

Bumgarner bested Royals ace James Shields for the second time in this series - after leading the Giants to victory in game one, in which Shields struggled.

Shields' performance improved in this game, giving up two runs on eight hits in six innings, but Sunday was once again all about Bumgarner.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he thought about taking Bumgarner out, "but he was throwing too good."

"He didn't have any stressful innings," Bochy said of the pitcher who retired 24 of the last 26 batters he faced - including the last nine.

As in game four, the Giants parlayed a relentless barrage of singles into runs.

Eleven of their 12 hits on Sunday were singles, the only exception being Juan Perez's two-run double that just missed clearing the centerfield wall to highlight a three-run outburst in the eighth inning that capped the scoring.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford also drove in a run in the eighth, one of three runs-batted-in for him on the night.

That took the pressure off of Bumgarner in the top of the ninth, and he closed out the contest by retiring three straight batters on 10 pitches as chants of "MVP" rang out.

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