Sandoval Blasts 3 Home Runs as Giants Take Game 1.

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Pablo Sandoval and Barry Zito were the stars while the Giants were grabbing a six-run lead over the Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series in San Francisco. The Giants led 6-1 heading into the top of the seventh.

Sandoval has become the fourth player in World Series history to homer three times in a game, and the first to do it in his first three at-bats of the series opener. He put the Giants ahead with solo shot in the first, added a two-run blast in the third and crushed another solo homer in the fifth.

Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) are the only other players to homer three times in a World Series game.

Zito didn't allow a run until Miguel Cabrera's RBI single in the sixth inning, two batters before he was lifted. Zito left with a 6-1 lead after allowing six hits over 5 2/3 innings. He also received help from left fielder Gregor Blanco (GREG'-or BLAHN'-koh), who's made two diving catches.

Two of Sandoval's three homers came off Justin Verlander, who entered the game with a 3-0 record and a 0.74 ERA this postseason. The Giants tagged Verlander for five runs and six hits in four innings.


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