Giants steamroll Royals to level World Series

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SAN FRANCISCO: The San Francisco Giants piled up runs relentlessly in an 11-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to level the 110th World Series at two games apiece.

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With the win, the Giants gained some much-needed breathing room, ensuring that Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven championship showcase will return to Kansas City for game six on Tuesday.

Before then, the Giants will have a chance to regain the Series lead at home when they host game five on Sunday.

The Royals, back in the post-season for the first time since they won their only World Series crown in 1985, had won two games straight to put the Giants under pressure.

But the Giants, seeking their third title in five years after snapping a 56-year title drought in 2010 and winning again in 2012, insisted there was no reason to panic.

They showed no sign of doing so as they remorselessly pounded out 16 hits — 13 of them singles.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval knocked in the go-ahead runs with a single in the sixth inning, and the Giants added three more runs in the sixth and four in the seventh.

Joe Panik hit two of their three doubles, driving in two runs. Hunter Pence had a double among his three hits for three runs-batted-in.

Gregor Blanco singled twice and scored three times.

Even relief pitcher Yusmeiro Petit got in on the act. He threw three scoreless innings and was credited with the win, but also stroked a single to become the first reliever in 23 years with a hit in the World Series.

“Everybody did something to contribute,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

AFP

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