Jhonny Peralta had a two-run homer in the ninth for Detroit.
Fun stat: The only other player to hit three homers in a game at AT&T Park was light-hitting Dodgers shortstop Kevin Elster. He did it back in 2000 in the first game ever at the waterfront ballpark.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner is perfect through 2 1-3 innings of relief. Five strikeouts and two groundouts. Lincecum sure looks comfortable out of the bullpen in October after a poor regular season in which he went 10-15, 5.18 ERA.
Looking for his record-tying fourth home run, Pablo Sandoval singled in the seventh inning as the Giants tacked on more runs. Three homers and a single tonight, not bad for a guy who was benched while slumping through the 2010 postseason.
Demoted closer Jose Valverde came on in relief for the Tigers, trying to find his form _ and his confidence _ in a low-leverage situation. It didn’t work. Angel Pagan’s double and Marco Scutaro’s RBI single made it 7-1 Giants. Sandoval singled and Buster Posey added a run-scoring single to make it 8-1.
Tim Lincecum struck out his first three batters in relief of Barry Zito and then got a groundout to end the seventh inning. San Francisco is six outs from winning Game 1.
FOX showed a graphic that said Lincecum’s outing marked the first time one Cy Young Award winner relieved another in the World Series since Baltimore’s Jim Palmer came in for Mike Flanagan in 1983 against the Philadelphia Phillies.