Oct 26, 2014 10:30 PM

Bumgarner, Giants lead Royals 2-0 after 6 innings

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Madison Bumgarner struck out seven to dominate Kansas City once again, Brandon Crawford drove in a pair of runs and the San Francisco Giants led the Royals 2-0 after six innings Sunday night to close in on a 3-2 World Series lead.

Bumgarner allowed three hits and walked none, energizing the sellout crowd at AT&T Park on a cloudless early evening. He led the Giants to a 7-1 win in the opener and began the night 3-0 in World Series play. In the midst of another astonishing performance, he has allowed one run in 28 career Series innings, a 0.32 ERA.

After Salvador Perez's leadoff single in the second, Bumgarner struck out Mike Moustakas in an eight-pitch at-bat, then fanned Omar Infante and Jarrod Dyson on three pitches each. Infante doubled with one out in the fifth, Kansas City's first runner to advance past first, and was stranded when Dyson and pitcher James Shields struck out.

In the 41 previous instances the World Series was 2-2 in the best-of-seven format, the Game 5 winner has taken the title 27 times. After a day off, the Series resumes Tuesday night at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium. In a rematch of Game 2 starters, Jordano Ventura pitches for the Royals and Jake Peavy for the Giants.

Kansas City manager Ned Yost moved up Perez to the No. 5 spot in the batting order and dropped Moustakas to the No. 6 hole. That broke up lefties Eric Hosmer and Moustakas, who hit back-to-back in Games 3 and 4.

A night after overcoming a three-run deficit in an 11-4 victory that tied the Series, the Giants went ahead in the second against Shields, who is eligible for free agency and likely was making his last start for the Royals.

Hunter Pence grounded a hard smash off the glove of shortstop Alcides Escobar and into left field leading off, making him 8 for 16 in the Series. Brandon Belt reached on a bunt single to the left side of the overshifted infield, and both runners advanced on Travis Ishikawa's flyout to deep center.

Crawford grounded out to second as Pence scored, and Bumgarner's groundout to third ended the inning.

Pablo Sandoval singled leading off the fourth in perhaps his last home game for the Giants. He, too, can become a free agent next week. Ishikawa's single advanced Sandoval to second, and he scored when Crawford hit a soft single to center and Dyson, trying for a quick pickup and throw home, allowed the ball to deflect off his glove.

That set of another eruption for the crowd, most waving orange rally towels. Following championships in 2010 and '12, the Giants are seeking to join the 1942-46 St. Louis Cardinals as the only NL teams to win three titles in a five-year span.

San Francisco put two on with one out in the fifth, but Shields struck out Sandoval, and Pence's drive to deep right was run down by Lorenzo Cain two steps in front of the wall.

Shields allowed eight hits through six innings, struck out four and walked one.

The day marked the 29th anniversary of a special moment in Royals history: umpire Don Denkinger's blown call at first base helped Kansas City beat the Cardinals en route to their only World Series title.

Following batting practice on a sun-splashed afternoon, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Zak Williams, a son of late comedian and actor Robin Williams, who was a longtime Giants fan. The pitch was caught by Robin Williams' friend, Billy Crystal, and a video tribute was played.


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