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Giants win 2-0 for 2-0 WS lead

Oct 26th, 2012 - Sports News

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, Brandon Crawford drove in the go-ahead run with a double-play grounder after a key bunt stopped just fair along the third-base line and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 World Series lead.

Bumgarner, who lost both his starts in the NL playoffs, struck out eight and walked two, and Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo finished with perfect relief.

Hunter Pence led off the seventh with a single off Doug Fister, and reliever Drew Smyly walked Brandon Belt. Gregor Blanco's bunt stopped on the dirt up the third-base line, 3 to 4 inches fair. With the infield in at the corners, Crawford grounded to second baseman Omar Infante.

Pence added a sacrifice fly in the eighth off Octavio Dotel.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Detroit Tigers starter Doug Fister stayed in the game despite getting hit in the head by a hard line drive off the bat of San Francisco's Gregor Blanco.

Blanco's drive in the second inning of Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night hit Fister on the side of the head and ricocheted all the way into center field for a single. Manager Jim Leyland, pitching coach Jeff Jones and a trainer went to the mound to check on Fister but he appeared unfazed and remained in the game.

Fister then walked Brandon Crawford to load the bases with two outs. But he escaped the jam by getting fellow pitcher Madison Bumgarner to pop out to second base.

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