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26.10.2014 Sports News

San Francisco Giants rally to square World Series

San Francisco Giants rally to square World Series
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The Royals were seemingly bound for a 3-1 series lead when they took four runs from the top of the third inning at AT T Park to silence the home fans on Saturday.

But a stunning revival, led by Hunter Pence (three hits, three RBIs), Joe Panik and Pablo Sandoval (both two hits, two RBIs), saw the Giants reel in the sloppy Royals and level the MLB championship series through four games.

Gregor Blanco scored off a Hunter Pence ground out in the first inning, but the Giants' early momentum was sapped by a marathon top-of-the-third from the Royals' offense.

The Royals drove in four two-out runs, with Eric Hosmer's single scoring Alex Gordon, who earlier stole second base.

Omar Infante then struck a two-run single, scoring Lorenzo Cain and Hosmer, before Salvador Perez's base hit saw Mike Moustakas cross home base as the home fans got edgy.

The inning saw the end of Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, but San Francisco's bullpen managed over six innings - with Yusmeiro Petit pitching three innings, striking out two to earn the win.

And the Giants' hitters found their groove, as the home side put on two runs in the fifth, three in the sixth and another four in the seventh to snuff out the Royals' chances of moving within a victory of the World Series.

Sandoval delivered the go-ahead single off Royals pitcher Brandon Finnegan to score Blanco and Buster Posey in the sixth inning, before Brandon Belt singled to score Pence as the Giants compiled a match-winning lead.

Finnegan earned the loss, conceding five runs in one inning pitched.

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