World Series Game 5: Lincecum, Renteria Give Giants First Title Since 1954
Renteria snapped a scoreless tie in the seventh inning by hitting a 2-0 cut fastball from Cliff Lee. Cody Ross and Juan Uribe singled to start the inning and moved up on Aubrey Huff's first big-league sacrifice bunt. Pat Burrell then struck out before Renteria's homer to left-center.
Lincecum, who also won Game 1, allowed three hits and struck out 10 in eight innings, with the only baserunner to go past first base on Nelson Cruz's solo homer in the seventh. Brian Wilson closed it out in the ninth.
Renteria was named the Most Valuable Player of the World Series.
San Francisco won the series four games to one. No World Series has gone to a Game 7 since 2002, when the Giants lost to the Angels. The Giants' last title as a franchise came courtesy of the Willie Mays-led 1954 team when it was still based in New York.
The Giants' pitching held the Rangers to 12 runs in the five games, five over the final four games.
• Turning Point: Renteria's homer was his second of the series to break a scoreless tie (also Game 2 off C.J. Wilson).
• Stud: His fastball with renewed life and his off-speed stuff with great movement, Lincecum tied the record for most strikeouts in a World Series-clinching win.
• Dud: Josh Hamilton, who went 0-for-4 in Game 5 and 2-for-20 in the World Series after his MVP turn in the ALCS.
• Key Stat: The Rangers went the final 21 innings of the series without more than one hit in an inning.
• The Big Picture: The Giants became the second NL West team since the 1988 Dodgers to win the World Series, the other being the 2001 Diamondbacks.
Steve Phillips breaks down the Giants' triumph and discusses whether they'll be back in 2011: