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World Series game 5 update: Rangers seek first hit but still scoreless against Giants after three innings

Ws-rangers-murphylb8fexnc San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum has yet to give up a hit through three innings as the Giants and Texas Rangers remained scoreless in World Series Game 5.

Except for a walk to Mitch Moreland, Lincecum struck out the side in the bottom of the third inning: David Murphy, Bengie Molina and Elvis Andrus.

In the top of the inning, Andres Torres stroked a two-out single off Rangers starter Cliff Lee and Freddy Sanchez then lined a ball that Lee snagged for the third out by stretching his glove hand high above his head.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: David Murphy strikes out. Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

World Series Game 5 update: Giants, Rangers still scoreless after two innings

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Tim Lincecum retired the Texas Rangers on six pitches as the Rangers and San Francisco Giants remained scoreless after two innings Monday in World Series Game 5.

Cliff Lee, demonstrating why he's the staff ace for Texas, also retired the side in order in the top of the second inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

But Pat Burrell, who returned to the lineup as the Giants' designated hitter after being benched Sunday, hit a hard line drive to left fielder David Murphy. Burrell entered the game having struck out in eight of nine previous at-bats in the series.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Giants' starting pitcher Tim Lincecum  pitches in Game 5. Credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

World Series Game 5 update: Giants, Rangers scoreless after first inning

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The San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers were scoreless after the first inning in World Series Game 5 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

With the Giants' Tim Lincecum on the mound, Elvis Andrus hit a comebacker to the right-hander, Michael Young flied out and Josh Hamilton grounded out.

Texas left-handed starter Cliff Lee gave up a two-out single to Buster Posey in the top of the inning but then got cleanup hitter Cody Ross to pop out.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: San Francisco Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez breaks his bat as he grounds out during the first inning.  Credit: Matthew Emmons / U.S. Presswire

 

World Series Game 5: Giants vs. Rangers inning-by-inning live updates

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It's do-or-die for the Texas Rangers as the San Francisco Giants take a 3-1 advantage into World Series Game 5 on Monday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The game features a rematch of the teams' two pitching aces, Tim Lincecum for the Giants and Cliff Lee for the Rangers, as Texas tries to extend the best-of-seven-game series with a victory and send it back to San Francisco for Games 6 and 7, if necessary.

Lincecum and San Francisco prevailed in Game 1, 11-7, when Lee was roughed up for seven runs (six earned) in 4 2/3 innings of work.

The Giants' Pat Burrell, who struggled badly at the plate in the first three games and was benched Sunday, returns to the lineup as San Francisco's designated hitter.

Follow live inning-by-inning updates at latimesblogs.latimes.com/worldseries.

--Jim Peltz

A pack of Giants fans root for the team as they take batting practice before Game 5 of the World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, on Monday evening. Credit: Jerry Lai / US Presswire

World Series Game 4 update: Giants one game from title after beating Rangers, 4-0

The San Francisco Giants are one win away from claiming their first championship in more than 50 years after Madison Bumgarner threw a gem to beat the Texas Rangers, 4-0, in World Series Game 4 on Sunday.

Giants closer Brian Wilson preserved the shutout by retiring Elvis Andrus, Michael Young and Josh Hamilton in the ninth inning.

The 21-year-old Bumgarner gave up only three hits through eight innings, while Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey led the Giants' offense with home runs.

Game 5 is Monday and, if necessary, Game 6 would be Wednesday at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Giants last won the World Series in 1954, before they relocated from New York to San Francisco.

--Jim Peltz

World Series Game 4 update: Posey homer gives Giants 4-0 lead over Rangers in eighth inning

Buster Posey's first home run of the postseason widened the San Francisco Giants' lead to 4-0 over the Texas Rangers after eight innings at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The Rangers would face a 3-1 deficit to the Giants in the best-of-seven-game series if they can't rally.

With Texas reliever Darren O'Day pitching, Posey hit a deep fly to center field that seemed to surprise Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton as it kept carrying over his head and out of the stadium.

Texas batters continued to struggle against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner. Jeff Francoeur hit a long fly that San Francisco left fielder Cody Ross caught at the base of the wall, while Bengie Molina flied out and Mitch Moreland took a called third strike.

Bumgarner has given up only three hits through eight innings.

--Jim Peltz

World Series Game 4 update: Torres' double gives Giants 3-0 lead over Rangers in seventh inning

Andres Torres doubled home Edgar Renteria in the seventh inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 3-0 lead over the Texas Rangers in World Series Game 4 on Sunday.

After Renteria collected his third single of the night, Torres hit his double off Texas reliever Darren Oliver against the wall in right-center field, allowing Renteria to score easily and silence the crowd at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The Rangers then mounted their first threat of the game against San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner but failed to score.

After Josh Hamilton got aboard with one out on Juan Uribe's fielding error, Vladimir Guerrero struck out. Nelson Cruz singled to put runners at first and second bases with two out, but Ian Kinsler flied out.

--Jim Peltz

World Series Game 4 update: Giants keep 2-0 lead over Rangers after six innings

The Texas Rangers managed only their second hit off Madison Bumgarner as the San Francisco Giants continued to maintain their 2-0 lead over the Rangers after six innings at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland hit a one-out single to right field off the 21-year-old Giants starter. But Elvis Andrus then grounded into a double play.

Texas, meanwhile, was getting solid work from reliever Alexi Ogando when suddenly the right-hander had to leave the game.

Working his second inning after taking over for starter Tommy Hunter, Ogando had two outs and a 1-1 count on Juan Uribe when the pitcher apparently strained an oblique muscle and could not continue.

Former Angels pitcher Darren Oliver then took over on the mound for the Rangers and got Uribe to pop out.

--Jim Peltz

World Series Game 4 update: Giants still lead Rangers, 2-0, after five innings

The Texas Rangers went quietly in the fifth inning as the San Francisco Giants maintained a 2-0 lead over the Rangers in World Series Game 4.

With Giants starter Madison Bumgarner sailing along, Nelson Cruz popped out, Cody Ross made a shoestring catch of Ian Kinsler's liner to left field and Jeff Francoeur grounded out.

Texas starter Tommy Hunter lasted only four innings as reliever Alexi Ogando took over in the top of the fifth, and he also retired the side. Andres Torres and Freddy Sanchez both flied out and Aubrey Huff struck out.

--Jim Peltz

World Series Game 4 update: Rangers get first hit but Giants still lead 2-0 after four innings

The Texas Rangers finally got their first hit off 21-year-old Giants starter Madison Bumgarner in the fourth inning, but San Francisco still led, 2-0, in World Series Game 4.

Michael Young hit a grounder to the right side that Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez snagged deep in the hole, but his throw to first base was too late and it went for a single.

Josh Hamilton then hit a ball that bounced off Bumgarner and was fielded by Sanchez, who tagged Young as he ran to second for the first out.

Vladimir Guerrero, one of the rare major leaguers who doesn't wear batting gloves, then struck out and Hamilton was thrown out trying to steal second base.

In the top of the inning, the Giants went quietly except for a two-out single by Edgar Renteria. Nate Schierholtz then flied out to end the inning.

--Jim Peltz

World Series Game 4 update: Huff's home run gives Giants 2-0 lead over Rangers in third inning

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Aubrey Huff's
two-run home run gave the San Francisco Giants a 2-0 lead over the Texas Rangers in the third inning of World Series Game 4 on Sunday night.

After Andres Torres doubled down the right-field line against Texas starter Tommy Hunter, Huff -- the Giants' designated hitter in this game -- slammed his homer deep into the right-field corner at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner retired the side in the bottom of the inning, as Bengie Molina grounded out, Mitch Moreland struck out and Elvis Andrus grounded out. 

The Giants are trying to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven-game series to win their first world championship since 1954, when they played in New York.

--Jim Peltz

Photo:  Giants' Aubrey Huff watches his two-run home run during the third inning of Game 4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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