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World Series Game 5 update: Cruz homers to cut Giants' lead to 3-1 over Rangers after seven innings

November 1, 2010 |  6:53 pm

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The Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz slammed a solo home run to cut the San Francisco Giants' lead to 3-1 in the seventh inning of World Series Game 5.

Cruz's blast over the left-field wall off Giants starter Tim Lincecum came after Edgar Renteria hit a three-run home run in the top of the inning against the Rangers' Cliff Lee.

San Francisco, leading three games to one in the best-of-seven series, needs one win to capture the World Series.

The homer by Renteria, 34, came after Cody Ross and Juan Uribe led off the inning with back-to-back singles.

After Aubrey Huff's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third bases, the Giants' struggling Pat Burrell struck out yet again. But Renteria followed with his homer over the left-center wall, stunning the crowd at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Texas Rangers Nelson Cruz (2nd R) watches his solo home run off San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum (R) as catcher Buster Posey (L) and home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg look on in the seventh inning during Game 5 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington, Texas, November 1, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Tim Sharp

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