Giants seize 2-0 lead in WS

A DAY after punishing the Detroit Tigers with long balls, the San Francisco Giants played small ball to perfection to take a 2-0 lead in the World Series.

Madison Bumgarner shut down the Detroit Tigers for seven innings, then the Giants took advantage of a bunt that stayed fair to eke out the go-ahead run in a 2-0 win Thursday night (Friday morning in Manila).

Gregor Blanco’s single trickled to a stop inches fair on the infield dirt, setting up Brandon Crawford’s run-scoring double-play grounder in the seventh. Hunter Pence added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Game 3 will be Saturday night in Detroit and for once, the Giants aren’t playing from behind. They overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Cincinnati in the best-of-five division series and escaped a 3-1 hole against St. Louis in the NLCS.

”It definitely feels a whole lot better than having our backs against the wall,” Bumgarner said. ”But you can’t relax. We’ve got to keep pushing.” Noli Cruz


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