Saturday, October 30, 2010

Long balls give Texas first win of World Series, 4-2


The Texas Rangers came back home for Game 3 of the World Series having been thoroughly beaten by San Francisco in Games 1 and 2.

All it took was a three-run homer from their No. 9 hitter and some effective pitching to pick up their first-ever World Series win.

Mitch Moreland hit a three-run homer in the second inning, starter Colby Lewis turned in another solid outing on the hill and the Rangers beat the Giants 4-2 in Arlington, Texas, Saturday night.

Lewis didn't seem otherworldly on the mound but allowed just two runs and five hits over 7 2-3 innings against a San Francisco club that looked much more like the team that struggled to score runs in the regular season than the Giants who outscored Texas 20-7 in the first two World Series games at home.

The right-hander, who went 12-13 during the regular season but is now 3-0 in the playoffs, never trailed, thanks to Moreland and the Rangers offense. Nelson Cruz doubled Jonathan Sanchez's first pitch of the second inning off the center-field wall and Bengie Molina walked with two outs.

Moreland then took the ninth pitch of the at-bat out to right for a 3-0 edge. Josh Hamilton supplemented the lead three innings later with a two-out solo homer, his fifth of the playoffs.

The Giants' Cody Ross continued his improbable postseason hot streak with a seventh-inning home run to left. Andres Torres hit a homer to right in the eighth to cut San Francisco's deficit to 4-2.

Texas closer Neftali Feliz made his first appearance of the World Series and retired the Giants 1-2-3 in the ninth to earn the save, striking out Pat Burrell, getting Ross on a flyout to deep right and punching out Juan Uribe.

Elvis Andrus and Michael Young each had two of Texas' eight hits.

Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday night in Arlington. The Rangers' Tommy Hunter will face San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner.

NOTES: Burrell went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. He's struck out eight times in the series. ... Texas' Jeff Francoeur and the Giants' Pablo Sandoval each made their first starts of the series. The Rangers' Vladimir Guerrero was also back in the lineup as the designated hitter after sitting out Game 2 following a two-error night in the field in Game 1. ... This marked the third World Series game played in the state of Texas after the Astros hosted Games 3 and 4 of the 2005 Series, which they lost to the White Sox. ... Texas team president and former ace Nolan Ryan threw the first pitch to former Ranger Ivan Rodriguez. The pitch was reportedly clocked at 87 mph in the stadium.


Photo above: Mitch Moreland, left, receives congratulations from Texas manager Ron Washington, center, and teammates after hitting a home run Saturday. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Audio credit -- San Francisco Giants Radio Network/ Rangers Radio Network

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