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Rangers recover and win first-ever Series-game at home
ARLINGTON, Texas (USA) - The Texas Rangers on Saturday-evening won 4-2 vs. the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of the World Series to win the first-ever Series-game played at Arlington. The Giants now lead the Series 2-1 and this also means that a fifth game will be needed. Game Four will be played on Sunday-evening.

Righthander Colby Lewis dominated for seven innings in which he gave up only four hits, including a homerun. But when he gave up another homerun with two outs in the eighth at bat, he gave way to the bullpen, which did its job.

Initially, Lewis got two baserunners in the first inning when Freddy Sanchez singled with one out and Buster Posey walked with two outs, but he then ended the inning with a strikeout. In the second, Lewis started with a walk, but was later supported with a double play. After retiring the next six batters, he gave up an one-out single to Buster Posey in the fourth, but again get out of the inning unharmed, as a strikeout and flyout followed. He then retired the side in the fifth, but in the sixth, he gave up a 2-out double to Aubrey Huff, followed by another strikeout.

In the seventh, with Texas leading 4-0, Lewis gave up an one-out homerun to Cody Ross, followed by two outs. But in the eighth inning, the Giants scored again. With one out, Andres Torres also homered, then Freddy Sanchez lined out. Next, Lewis hit Aubrey Huff with a pitch and was replaced by Darren O'Day, who then saved the lead and got out of the inning when Buster Posey grounded out.

Texas hit the ball well in the first inning, but then stranded a runner. With one out, Michael Young drove the ball into leftfield where Pat Burrell appeared to make a diving catch, but the ball wasn't under control (or had it touched the ground?). With two outs, Vladimir Guerrero hit the ball even further into the leftfield-corner and this time, Burrell made a great catch to end the inning.

Texas then opened the score in the second at bat by scoring three runs. Giants-starter Jonathan Sanchez gave up a lead-off double to Nelson Cruz, then got two grounders, but followed with a walk for Bengie Molina. Mitch Moreland then followed with a 3-run homerun to make it 3-0.

After giving a single in the third and walking a batter in the fourth, Sanchez gave up another run in the fifth at bat. Elvis Andrus led off with a single, then Michael Young grounded into a double play, but Josh Hamilton followed with a homerun to give Texas a 4-0 lead. After walking Vladimir Guerrero, Sanchez was replaced by Guillermo Mota and the Guerrero was caught stealing to end the inning. Mota then gave up a single with one out in the sixth inning and walked the next batter, but then the inning ended when Bengie Molina grounded into a double play.

In the seventh inning, Jeremy Affeldt became the new Giants-pitcher. He gave up an one-out single, but then the Giants turned their third double play.

In the ninth inning, closer Neftali Feliz took the mound for the Rangers. Feliz, who earned 40 saves in the season and is the leading candidate for American League Rookie of the Year, started by striking out Pat Burrell (his fourth of the evening), then got a flyout from Cody Ross and finished by also striking out Juan Uribe to earn his first World Series-save. The Rangers had won their first-ever World Series-game at home.

(October 30)

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