World Series Game 1: Texas Rangers vs. San Francisco Giants, inning by inning
Tim Lincecum's World Series debut has gotten off to a rocky start.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner managed to only give up one run after allowing four of the first five batters he faced to reach base.
Vladimir Guerrero drove in the game's first run on a comebacker that ricocheted off Lincecum's left foot, allowing Elvis Andrus to score from third. Andrus reached base on a leadoff single and moved to third on Michael Young's walk and Josh Hamilton groundout.
Lincecum escaped the inning when Giants third baseman Juan Uribe turned a 5-3 double play on a grounder by Ian Kinsler with the bases loaded.
Meanwhile, things have gone much smoother for Texas starter Cliff Lee. After striking out leadoff batter Andres Torres, San Francisco's Freddy Sanchez doubled on a perfectly placed broken-bat floater which landed on the inside portion of the first base line.
But the inning ended somewhat prematurely one batter later when Sanchez failed to tag up after Buster Posey flied out to right field. Ian Kinsler managed to field the tough catch and his throw beat Sanchez back to second after he slipped while backtracking from third base.
Texas ace Cliff Lee doesn't just know how the pitch -- he can also hit.
Thanks in part to Lee's double to left-center field, the Rangers scored another run to take a 2-0 lead over the Giants heading into the third inning.
Following Lee's double, Elvis Andrus drove in Bengie Molina from third on a sacrifice fly to center field. Molina, not the swiftest runner, might not have scored if San Francisco center fielder Andres Torres' throw to the plate had been on the mark. Molina opened the inning with a single to right field.
San Francisco's Aubrey Huff hit a two-out double to right field in the bottom of the inning before Juan Uribe struck out. Lee struck out Pat Burrell and Cody Ross popped out.
Giants come back in third, tie game, 2-2
The hitting that frustrated Philadelphia's ace-laden staff in the National League Championship Series made an appearance in the third inning for San Francisco.
Freddy Sanchez drove in the Giants' first run on a double before Buster Posey drove in Andres Torres from second on a single to center field to tie the score, 2-2, heading into the fourth inning.
Edgar Renteria scored the Giants' first run after reaching base on a fielding error by third baseman Michael Young and Torres reached after getting hit by a pitch.
Cliff Lee managed to get out of the inning by striking out Pat Burrell (who went down looking) and Cody Ross.
San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum seems to be finding his rhythm after giving up a run in the first two innings for only the fourth time in his career. The Giants went down 1-2-3 in the inning after Josh Hamilton, Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz popped out.
Game remains tied, 2-2, heading into fifth inning
The low-scoring pitching duel many anticipated to see heading into tonight's World Series opener finally took shape in the fourth inning.
Cliff Lee retired the Giants 1-2-3 the inning, posting his sixth strikeout of the contest off Juan Uribe.
Tim Lincecum continues to settle down after his shaky performance in the first two innings, getting Ian Kinsler, Bengie Molina and Cliff Lee to ground out. Texas' Mitch Moreland was stranded at second after hitting a two-out double to right-center field.
Giants chase Cliff Lee and lead, 8-2, after six-run fifth inning
It appears Cliff Lee's postseason winning streak (and the Rangers' World Series Game 1 chances) has been battered to death by San Francisco's potent offense.
Lee was pulled with two out in the fifth inning after giving up three runs, but reliever Darren O'Day didn't fare any better, surrendering a three-run home run to Juan Uribe as San Francisco took an 8-2 lead heading into the sixth inning.
The Giants' Freddy Sanchez drove in the inning's first run, becoming the first player in World Series history to have three doubles in his first three at-bats. Cody Ross and Aubrey Huff then drove in runs with two out, prompting Texas Manager Ron Washington to pull Lee.
O'Day gave up the three-run home run to Uribe, but managed to strike out Andres Torres with two runners on to end the inning.
The Rangers went down in order in the top of the inning thanks, in part, to a spinning defensive stop by Uribe on a grounder by Michael Young.
So far, San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum has given up five hits and two earned runs while throwing 68 pitches.
Tim Lincecum pulled, Giants lead, 8-4
San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum has joined Cliff Lee on the bench in Game 1 of the World Series after giving up two runs in the sixth inning as the Giants saw their lead narrow to 8-4 heading into the seventh inning.
Bengie Molina drove in the Rangers' third run of the night on a double to the left field corner, and David Murphy sent home another when he singled to right field. Santiago Casilla is now pitching for the Giants.
Lincecum allowed eight hits and four earned runs over 5 2/3 innings.
Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando retired the Giants in order, striking out Buster Posey and Pat Burrell to end the inning.
Giants lead, 8-4, heading into eighth
Both teams failed to get anything going offensively in the seventh, and the Giants still lead, 8-4, heading into the eighth.
San Francisco's Aubrey Huff was caught stealing after reaching base on a single and Juan Uribe, who hit a three-run homer in the fifth, struck out to end the inning.
Texas' Vladimir Guerrero reached base on a fielding error by Huff, but was left stranded after Nelson Cruz grounded out.
Tony Bennett sang "God Bless America" during the seventh inning.
Giants lead mistake-prone Rangers, 11-4, heading into ninth
If the Rangers fail to pull off an improbable rally in the ninth inning, they can add sloppy fielding and baserunning to list of reasons why they lost Game 1 of the World Series.
San Francisco takes a 11-4 lead in to the ninth following a pair of fielding errors by Vladimir Guerrero and a baserunning folly by Ian Kinsler.
Guerrero misplayed a routine hopper by Edgar Renteria, allowing the single to be stretched into a triple.Travis Ishikawa then drove in Renteria on the next at-bat with a double to deep left field.
Guerrero then picked up his second error of the inning when he mishandled a run-scoring single by Freddy Sanchez.
Sanchez, who has three doubles and three RBIs on the night, later scored the final run of the inning when Nate Schierholtz laced a single into center field off Texas reliever Michael Kirkman.
But the Rangers' gaffes didn't stop there.
During the top half of the eighth, Ian Kinsler turned toward second base instead of running straight down the firstbase line after hitting a single. By the time he realized his mistake and tried to dive back toward first, Aubrey Huff tagged him out.
Giants defeat Rangers, 11-7
Freddy Sanchez drove in three runs off three doubles and Juan Uribe hit a three-run home run as the Giants defeated the Rangers, 11-7, in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday.
San Francisco utilized a sixth-run fifth inning to chase out Texas ace Cliff Lee and break up his streak of seven consecutive postseason victories. Texas also committed four errors, ruining their chances of mounting a comeback late in the game.
The much-anticipated pitching duel between Lee and Tim Lincecum never really got going. Lee pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and six earned runs while striking out seven. Lincecum got the win, allowing eight hits and four earned runs over 5 2/3 innings.
The Giants led, 11-4, heading into the ninth inning, but reliever Jeremy Affeldt and closer Brian Wilson each gave up a run with two outs. After allowing Nelson Cruz to hit a two-run double to the right field wall, Wilson got Ian Kinsler to pop out to end the game.
-- Austin Knoblauch