Neither starting pitcher was sharp in the contest. Cliff Lee was chased after just four and two thirds innings of work, allowing seven runs (six earned), on eight hits, striking out seven and walking one. Reliever Darren O’Day relieved Lee in the fifth inning and promptly gave up a two out, two run home run to Juan Uribe.
Lee was charged with the loss.
Tim Lincecum wasn’t sharp for San Francisco but earned the victory. Lincecum lasted just five and two thirds innings, giving up eight hits, walking two and striking out three while giving up four runs.
Six Giants relievers entered the game after Lincecum, with Brian Wilson entering in a non-save situation in the ninth to end the game.
The Rangers used four relievers in the contest: O’Day, Alexi Ogando, Mark Lowe and Michael Kirkman. Lowe was charged with three runs on three hits in the eighth inning and only recorded two outs.
Bengie Molina and Mitch Moreland were the only Rangers hitters to record multiple hits in Game 1.
Freddy Sanchez made World Series history, becoming the first player to hit three doubles in his first three World Series at bats. Sanchez finished the game with four hits with three RBI.
Game 2 will take place Thursday night as C.J. Wilson will take the mound for the Rangers as they look to even the series. Matt Cain will oppose Wilson and look to give the Giants a commanding 2-0 World Series lead.