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San Francisco Giants sweep Detroit Tigers to win World Series

San Francisco Giants players celebrate after winning Game

San Francisco Giants players celebrate after winning Game 4 of the World Series. (Oct. 28, 2012) Credit: AP

DETROIT -- A team administered last rites more times than it could remember, in the regular season and then in the National League playoffs, had it surprisingly easy in the World Series.

And now the Giants are champions for the second time in three years.

NLCS Most Valuable Player Marco Scutaro had one more big hit in him, a two-out, RBI single off Phil Coke in the 10th inning that ended up being the difference in the Giants' 4-3 victory over the Tigers in front of 42,152 thoroughly frozen fans at Comerica Park.

The Giants, who staved off elimination six times in the playoffs -- trailing the Reds 2-0 in the NLDS and the Cardinals 3-1 in the NLCS -- won the Series in a four-game sweep.

Pablo Sandoval, who hit three homers in Game 1, was named World Series MVP.

The Tigers, shut out in Games 2 and 3, got home runs from AL Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and Delmon Young. Buster Posey went deep for the Giants, with the catcher's two-run homer in the sixth giving the Giants a 3-2 lead. But Young's blast in the bottom of the inning tied it at 3.

It stayed that way until Scutaro, who batted 14-for-28 in the NLCS seven-game victory over the Cardinals, dumped Coke's 3-and-1 pitch in front of centerfielder Austin Jackson who didn't seem to get a good jump on the ball. The hit brought in Ryan Theriot, who led off the inning with a single.

It was a night better suited for just about any other outdoor activity but baseball. The first-pitch temperature of 44 degrees felt like 36 as an unremitting wind blew all night, joined soon after by a steady mist.

Tigers starter Max Scherzer, allowed three runs and seven hits in 61/3 innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

Matt Cain allowed three runs and five hits, including two homers, in seven innings. He walked two and struck out five.

For the fourth straight game, the Giants scored first.

This time they broke through in the second, with Hunter Pence starting the rally with a double that hopped over the wall in left-center. Brandon Belt, 0-for-10 in the first three games, followed with a triple down the rightfield line, missing a home run by a couple of feet. Scherzer did keep Belt at third, getting Gregor Blanco, with the infield in, to ground to second and designated hitter Ryan Theriot to fly to right.

Jackson walked with one out in the third and went to second on Quintin Berry's slow groundout to third. Cabrera, 2-for-9 with three walks to that point in the series, lifted Cain's 1-and-1 pitch to right. The ball carried over the wall into the first row to make it 2-1, sending a charge into a Comerica Park crowd that had been mostly quiet.

Scherzer provided a shutdown inning in the fourth, though he walked Belt with one out.

Scutaro led off the sixth with an infield hit. Scherzer struck out Sandoval with an 82-mph slider but hung a 1-and-0, 82-mph changeup to Posey, who yanked it over the wall in left for a two-run shot that made it 3-2.

The Tigers would respond. After Cain retired the first two batters of the sixth, Young went opposite field on the first pitch he saw, an 86-mph slider, and his third homer of the postseason tied it at 3. It marked the sixth homer allowed this postseason by Cain.

The Giants got a runner in scoring position with one out in the seventh but came up empty.

Blanco led off with a single and went to second on Theriot's groundout to short. Jim Leyland brought on rookie lefty Drew Smyly to face Crawford, who flew to center. Leyland then called for righty Octavio Dotel to face Angel Pagan and was rewarded as the former Met grounded to second.

Dotel walked Scutaro to start the eighth but he was erased when Sandoval bounced into a 3-6-1 double play. Dotel struck out Posey to end the inning, punctuating it with a fist pump as the chilled but still loud fans twirled their white rally towels.

Pinch hitter Avisail Garcia led off the eighth against Giants lefty Jeremy Affeldt by drawing a walk, but Cabrera struck out. Fielder dropped to 1-for-14 in the series by striking out for the second time on the night, and Affeldt struck out Young.

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