Sanchez' bat silent in Giants' win

GLENDALE — Freddy Sanchez was unable to keep his six-game postseason hitting streak going on Thursday night, but with his San Francisco Giants teammates feasting on an implosion by the Texas Rangers bullpen for seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, it hardly mattered.

One night after going four for five in Game One with a major league-record three doubles in his first three World Series plate appearances, the former Burbank High and Glendale Community College standout went hitless in five at bats in Game Two, which the Giants won, 9-0, to take a 2-0 series lead.

The series now heads to Arlington for Game Three at 3:57 PDT Saturday.

In contrast to the Game One slugfest, which the Giants won, 11-7, much of Game Two played out as a pitching duel between San Francisco starting pitcher Matt Cain, who went 7 2/3 innings to get the win, and his Texas counterpart, CJ Wilson.

Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo home run to left field and third baseman Juan Uribe gave San Francisco a 2-0 lead with a one-out bloop single to score Cody Ross, whose leadoff walk chased Wilson from the game, in the seventh.

But, in the eighth inning, San Francisco was able to send 11 batters to the plate and blow the game wide open through a combination of Rangers relief pitchers' wildness and some key two-out hits.

Texas relievers Derek Holland and Mark Lowe gave up back-to-back walks with the bases loaded to make it 4-0 before Renteria singled in a pair of runs, Aaron Rowand tripled in two more and Andres Torres doubled to plate Rowand for a 9-0 lead.

Along with Torres, Sanchez was one of two Giants to bat twice in the inning. He struck out swinging with the bases empty for the second out of the inning and went down swinging again with Torres on second base to end the frame.

Sanchez' other plate appearances resulted in a first-inning groundout to second base, a fielder's choice in the third and a flyout to deep center field in the sixth.

Sanchez, who drove in three runs and scored twice on Wednesday, is now batting .400 in the World Series, his first ever in 10 seasons in the majors.



San Francisco 9,

Texas 0


0 FOR 5

2 Ks



Sat. at Texas

3:57 p.m.

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