San Francisco take Giant stride towards World Series after grabbing two-game lead
08:29 GMT, 26 October 2012
The San Francisco Giants took a 2-0 lead in the World Series with a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers at AT&T Park in game two of the best-of-seven series.
Having posted an 8-3 win in Wednesday night's opener, Pablo Sandoval becoming only the fourth player to hit three home runs in a World Series game, the Giants took another significant step towards a second title in three years with another impressive home win.
The two starting pitchers – San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner and Detroit's Doug Fister – matched each other blow for blow in the early part of game two to ensure it was 0-0 through six innings.
Jump for joy: San Francisco Giants celebrate after beating Detroit Tigers at AT&T Park in California
Blowing bubbles: Giants baseman Pablo Sandoval starred in game one but couldn't continue his dream run
World Series results and schedule
Game 1 – San Francisco won 8-3
Game 2 – San Francisco won 2-0
Game 3 – October 27 – Detroit
Game 4 – October 28 – Detroit
Game 5 – October 29 – Detroit
Game 6 – October 31 – San Francisco
Game 7 – November 1 – San Francisco
Brandon Crawford drove in the go-ahead run with a double-play grounder with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, though, and Hunter Pence added an insurance run for San Francisco with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
The Tigers were limited to two hits by Bumgarner and relievers Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo, the former striking out eight in seven shutout innings.
The teams will travel to Detroit on Friday before continuing the series with game three at Comerica Park on Saturday night.
Insurance run: San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence hits out in the eighth inning
Bumgarner said: 'It definitely feels a whole lot better than having our backs against the wall.'
Reflecting on the regular-season trips to Detroit, he added: 'They were stressful series. Both the series we played there were tough. It's nice, but we can't relax. We got to keep pushing.'
No pain, no gain: Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird (floored) reacts after being hit by the bat
Dramatic: San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan signals for time after stealing second in the eighth inning