SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The second game of the 108th World Series is being played this evening in San Francisco. Last night, the Giants took a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series with a resounding 8-3 victory over the Tigers.
The National League champions were led by Pablo Sandoval's three home runs and the pitching of Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum. Zito got the start and allowed one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. Lincecum came on in relief and in 2 and a third innings struck out five while not allowing a hit. The bullpen gave up the final two runs.
The loser was Tigers' ace Justin Verlander, who in four innings gave up six hits and five runs.
The herculean effort by Sandoval equaled the record of three home runs in a World Series game held by Babe Ruth, Albert Pujols (POO'-hohls) and Reggie Jackson.
On the mound in this evening's game will be Doug Fister for the Tigers and Madison Bumgarner for the Giants.
The winner of the opener has claimed the title 66 of 107 times, including eight of last nine. The NL is seeking to win three straight Series for first time since 1979-82.