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World Series Game 3: Rangers Respond, Beat Giants 4-2

The Texas Rangers cut their World Series deficit in half on Saturday night, defeating the San Francisco Giants 4-2 in Game 3 of the World Series.

Colby Lewis pitched very well, going seven and two thirds innings and allowing only two runs on five hits while striking out six batters. Lewis is now 3-0 in the postseason with all three wins coming in Arlington.

Mitch Moreland supplied the decisive hit, a three run home run in the second inning off of Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez, scoring Nelson Cruz and Bengie Molina.

Texas would take a 4-0 lead when Josh Hamilton added a solo home run off Sanchez in the fifth inning.

San Francisco drew closer late in the game. Cody Ross hit a solo home run off Lewis in the seventh inning and Andres Torres hit a solo blast in the eighth cutting the Rangers lead down to 4-2. With two outs in the eighth, Lewis hit Giants 1B Aubrey Huff in the foot with a pitch, bringing the tying run to the plate. Rangers manager Ron Washington elected to bring in Darren O’Day to face Buster Posey, who grounded out to shortstop, ending the threat.

Neftali Feliz recorded the first World Series save in Rangers franchise history, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning while striking out two.

The Rangers will look to even up the series tomorrow night when Tommy Hunter takes the mound against rookie lefthander Madison Bumgarner of the Giants. First pitch of Game 4 is slated for 8:20 PM EDT, 7:20 PM CDT.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.