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World Series: San Francisco Giants outgun Texas Rangers

2010 World Series, Game 1 of 7:
San Francisco Giants 11-7 Texas Rangers (Giants lead series 1-0)
Dates: 27 October - 4 November
Coverage: Live commentary of all games on BBC 5 live sports extra and BBC Sport website (UK users only). Also live on ESPN America. Reports of each game on BBC Sport website & Ceefax
Listen to 5 live sports extra's commentary of Game 1 on BBC iPlayer (UK only)

Juan Uribe (left) celebrates his home run with Cody Ross and Aubrey Huff
Uribe (left) smashed the only home run of the night

San Francisco Giants beat Texas Rangers 11-7 in a high-scoring first game of the best-of-seven World Series.

Rangers star pitcher Cliff Lee suffered the first post-season defeat of his career as the Giants smashed six runs during a thrilling fifth inning.

The visiting Rangers led 2-0 after two innings, but the hosts hit back to take a commanding 8-2 lead at AT&T Park.

A late Texas rally could not prevent the defeat as Giants ace starter Tim Lincecum picked up the victory.

The game had been billed as a duel between two of Major League Baseball's best current pitchers.

Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee
Lee was pulled from the game during the fifth inning

But Lincecum struggled early on, giving up a single and a walk in the first inning before Vladimir Guerrero drove in Elvis Andrus to put Texas ahead as Lincecum tried to reach a ground ball but only succeeded in kicking it away.

Lincecum then surprisingly chose to hold on to the ball rather than throw out one of two runners, loading the bases, although Ian Kinsler ground into a double play before Texas could add further runs.

It all looked to be going well for Lee - as an American League pitcher, making a rare appearance at the plate in a game under National League rules - as he showed bunt but smashed a double to advance catcher Bengie Molina to third base.

Molina, who left San Francisco for Texas midway through the season, scored on a sacrifice fly to centre field by Andrus.

BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener

But that was as good as it got for Texas as Edgar Renteria, who reached first base on a fielding error, and Andres Torres - hit by a pitch from Lee - both scored to level the game at 2-2.

The damage came in the fifth inning when second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who had four hits in five at-bats, hit his third double of the night, and Lee was replaced by reliever Darren O'Day with the score at 5-2.

Juan Uribe then hit the only home run of the night, scoring O'Day's inherited runners Cody Ross and Aubrey Huff and leaving the Rangers with a mountain to climb.

Molina and Mitch Moreland drove in a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning, pegging the score back to 8-4 and prompting Lincecum's departure.

A Giants fan wears a fake beard in honour of pitcher Brian Wilson
Closing pitcher Brian Wilson is a cult hero for Giants fans

Both teams added three more runs against the other's bullpen, with San Francisco bringing in closer Brian Wilson to record the final two outs, as the crowd of over 43,000 went home happy.

"We faced a great pitcher and he wasn't quite on top of his game," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

"It's not quite the game we thought it would be, but certainly a huge game for us."

Reflecting on his own performance, Lee admitted: "I was missing with fast balls, I was missing with cutters and my change-up wasn't really there," admitted Lee.

"You've got to give credit to their offence. I made several mistakes and they capitalized, they swung the bat well."

The second game takes place on Thursday evening, also in San Francisco, with Matt Cain on the mound for the Giants against C.J. Wilson for the Rangers.

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