SAN FRANCISCO—The Texas Rangers have been a great comeback team all Post Season,but the San Francisco got a huge leg up by knocking out one of the American League’s best in Cliff Lee with a six run fifth inning and helped by another big homer(with two on to cap that rally)off the bat of former White Sox hero Juan Uribe,the Giants went on to an 11-4 win in game one.Former NL Batting Champ Freddy Sanchez had three doubles and a single. Tim Lincecum settled down after a rough start for the victory.An overcast late afternoon start here in the Bay Area for the 106th Fall Classic saw the Rangers in their first ever such event start out strong against Lincecum.Elvis Andrus hit the third pitch of the game to left for a single and Michael Young walked.Josh Hamilton hit a grounder to Aubrey Huff at first as the runners advanced,and Vladimir Guerrero,playing in RF with the DH not in effect here at AT & T Park,hit a grounder that Lincecum deflected to Huff for an infield single as Andrus scored.Against Lee in the bottom of the first, Sanchez doubled down the RF line with one out,but was doubled off base when Buster Posey hit a sinking fly that Ian Kinsler made a nice running grab on while Sanchez was too far off second to get back.In the Rangers second,Benji Molina led off with a single against the team he started the season with and took third on a double to left center by Lee(showing that Texas was not missing the DH).Andrus lifted a sac fly to Andres Torres in CF as Molina scored. The Giants got to Lee for a pair to tie the game in the bottom of the third.Edgar Renteria reached on Young’s error to start the frame.One out later,Torres was hit by a pitch. Sanchez then delivered his second double off Lee,this time into the LF corner as Renteria scored.Posey then singled up the middle to score Torres with the tying run.The deadlock lasted until the SF 5th when Lee was knocked out.Sanchez doubled to deep center scoring Torres who also had doubled. After Posey was caught looking for the second out, Pat Burrell walked. Cody Ross singled in Sanchez, Huff singled Burrell across the plate and Darren O’Day relieved Lee. Juan Uribe greeted him with a three run homer to complete the six run inning and up the Giants lead to 8-2. The Rangers got to Lincecum for a pair of two out runs on the top of the sixth on an RBI double by Molina and a pinch RBI single by David Murphy which ended the night for Lincecum as Santiago Casilla relieved.In the bottom of the 8th, the Giants added on with an RBI pinch double by Travis Ishikawa, a run scoring single by Sanchez and an RBI hit by Nate Schierholtz.
NOTES—Attendance was 43,601…..Legend Tony Bennett sang both “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” after the second inning and also “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch….Matt Cain will start game two for the Giants against C.J.Wilson for the Rangers Thursday night.