Giants Take Lead With 5-0 Shutout

Bumgarner throws first Series shutout for 11 years
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 26, 2014 11:43 PM CDT
Giants Take Lead With 5-0 Shutout
San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval, right, and Brandon Belt leap to high five as Buster Posey, left, and Madison Bumgarner walk off the field after the Giants beat the Royals 5-0.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats. The long, tall lefty kept slinging away and put the San Francisco Giants just one win from yet another championship, throwing a four-hitter to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 for a 3-2 Series edge. Hardly menacing on the mound, Bumgarner was simply untouchable—again. As "MVP! MVP!" chants broke out from each packed corner of AT&T Park, Bumgarner finished off the first World Series shutout in 11 years.

There hadn't been a shutout in the Series since Josh Beckett's clinching gem for the Florida Marlins in 2003 at Yankee Stadium—but the Giants' work isn't done yet. To lock up their third crown in five years, they'll need to win in Kansas City. "We're looking forward to getting back to our home crowd, where it's going to be absolutely wild and crazy," says Royals manager Ned Yost. Jake Peavy will get the first chance to seal it for San Francisco when he starts Game 6 at Kauffman Stadium tomorrow night against rookie Yordano Ventura. (More World Series stories.)

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