Giants blank Tigers, take 3-0 lead in WS

THE San Francisco Giants became the first team to throw consecutive World Series shutouts in nearly a half-century, blanking the Detroit Tigers, 2-0, Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) for a commanding 3-0 lead.

No team has ever blown such a huge margin in the World Series.

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.

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

Combined with Madison Bumgarner’s effort in Game 2, San Francisco threw the first consecutive shutouts in the Series since Baltimore in 1966, when Jim Palmer, Wally Bunker and Dave McNally did the trick against the Dodgers.

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 (Monday in Manila) against Max Scherzer. Noli Cruz

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