2010 MLB PLAYOFFS SPECIAL COVERAGE – WORLD SERIES GAME 5
With one mighty swing of the bat, Edgar Renteria has made everyone forget his struggles over the last two years and reprised his old role as World Series-winning hero.
He, Tim Lincecum and the Giants are the best in the baseball world for the first time in 56 years and the first time since the Giants moved west to San Francisco.
Series MVP Renteria stunned Texas ace Cliff Lee with a three-run seventh-inning bomb, Lincecum allowed one run and struck out 10 Rangers and the Giants won Game 5 3-1 in Arlington, Texas, Monday night.
Renteria's walk-off single won Game 7 of the 1997 Series for Florida over Cleveland. Thirteen years later, the veteran victimized Lee and Texas to secure another ring for himself and the Giants' first championship since the franchise did it in New York in 1954.
Giants pitching has dominated almost all series long, and Game 5 was no different. Lincecum three-hit Texas over eight innings, beating fellow former Cy Young winner Lee for the second time in the series.
Lincecum and Lee matched scoreless frame for scoreless frame all the way until the top of the seventh, when San Francisco's Cody Ross delivered yet another key hit with a leadoff single up the middle and Juan Uribe singled to center.
Game 4 hero Aubrey Huff then dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt, the first of his career, and one batter later, Renteria drilled a 404-foot shot to left-center for a lead the struggling Texas offense had no chance of overcoming against Lincecum and Giants closer Brian Wilson.
The Rangers' Nelson Cruz finally touched Lincecum for a one-out solo homer in the bottom of the seventh. The next batter, Ian Kinsler, drew a walk, but Lincecum settled in and struck out David Murphy and Bengie Molina, who came to Texas in a midseason trade from the Giants, to end the inning.
Lincecum proceeded to retire Mitch Moreland, Elvis Andrus and Michael Young 1-2-3 in the eighth, and Wilson came on to shut it down in the ninth, striking out Josh Hamilton looking, inducing a groundout from Vladimir Guerrero and striking out Cruz swinging to touch off the celebration in gray, orange and black.
Giants catcher Buster Posey was the only player with a multi-hit night, going 2-for-4.
Meanwhile, Texas' biggest hitters continued to struggle when it mattered most. Hamilton and Guerrero each went 0-for-4 Monday and finished 2-for-20 and 1-for-14, respectively, for the series.
Lee pitched well but found himself the losing pitcher of record for the second time in a week after losing Game 1 Wednesday. Lee, a free agent following this season, allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings, with six strikeouts.
NOTES: San Francisco's Pat Burrell was back in the lineup at designated hitter after sitting out Game 4 but continued to flounder, finishing 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. His series line was 0-for-13 with 11 strikeouts, and he struck out 22 times in the playoffs. ... Lincecum went 4-1 this postseason. ... This was the eighth World Series matchup of former Cy Young winners, including Lee and Lincecum's Game 1 meeting.
Photo above: Edgar Renteria homers in Game 5. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
Audio credit -- San Francisco Giants Radio Network