ARLINGTON, Texas—Everything is clicking for the San Francisco Giants at the World Series - hitting, fielding and especially the pitching.
On Sunday night, rookie Madison Bumgarner threw well beyond his years and sent a shudder clear through Rangers Ballpark.
"We've got the team to do it," Bumgarner said.
Have they ever.
Dressed in black-and-orange, the Giants were spooky good in taking a 3-1 edge. The 21-year-old Bumgarner allowed only three hits over eight innings and took all the fun out of a festive Halloween crowd.
Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey backed their young lefty with home runs and San Francisco put on a fielding clinic. Coming off their lone loss in the Series, these Giants delivered a complete game.
"Yesterday was a very helter-skelter situation," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said. "You're worried about families, worried about signing balls, worried about tickets, about travel. I'm not using that as an excuse, but today they were much more relaxed, much more confident."
Ace Tim Lincecum will try Monday night to deliver the Giants' first championship since they moved to San Francisco in 1958. And now it's up to Cliff Lee to save the Rangers' season in Game 5.
Only six teams in World Series history have overcome a 3-1 deficit, mostly recently Kansas City in 1985.
"With a win, I usually sleep pretty good in the playoffs, with a loss pretty shaky. Hopefully we sleep good tonight. We've got a big challenge tomorrow with Cliff Lee," Huff said. "We got him last game, but you know he's going to come out and really want to get us."
Bumgarner and closer Brian Wilson made the Giants the first team to post two shutouts in a World Series since Baltimore threw three straight to close out the Dodgers in 1966.
"It's certainly been pitching as advertised," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "They've got good stuff. They've got velocity. They can spin the baseball. They can change speeds and they keep their defense engaged."
Huff, who grew up in the Metroplex, hit a two-run homer in the third that gave Bumgarner all the support he needed. Posey added a solo shot in the eighth - Bumgarner and Posey became the first rookie battery to start in the Series since Spec Shea and Yogi Berra for the Yankees in 1947.
"It's hard to believe he's only 21. He's got it all and he has no fear of anyone," Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz said.
Andres Torres doubled twice, singled and drove in a run and Edgar Renteria also got three hits.
The gloves helped out even more.
Left fielder Cody Ross came up with a shoestring catch, second baseman Freddy Sanchez made a leaping grab and Posey threw out Josh Hamilton trying to steal. Bumgarner helped himself, too, knocking down Hamilton's scorcher up the middle.
Coming off a 4-2 win Saturday night, the Rangers and their fans were ready to even this Series. Earlier in the day, about a quarter-mile away at Cowboys Stadium, Dallas dropped to 1-6 with a 35-17 loss to Jacksonsville. Two little boys held up signs inside that read: "Hurry Up Cowboys ... I Have a Rangers Game to go to."