Both Lee and Lincecum posted six shutout innings to begin the contest. In the seventh inning, the offenses finally broke through.
Cody Ross and Juan Uribe led off the seventh inning with singles. An Aubrey Huff sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third with one out. Lee struck out Pat Burrell for the second out before Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria came to the plate. With a 2-0 count, Renteria hit a shocking three-run home run to left center field, giving the Giants a 3-0 lead.
Nelson Cruz responded with a solo shot of his own off Lincecum in the bottom half of the seventh inning, but that was all the offense the Rangers could muster.
The story in Game 5 was two-time reigning Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum. He earned his second win of the World Series – though in a much more dominant fashion than his win in Game 1. Lincecum pitched eight innings, giving up only three hits and walking two while striking 10. The only run allowed was on the solo home run to Cruz.
All told in the 2010 postseason, Lincecum was 4-1 in five starts while recording a hold in relief. He allowed only 25 hits and nine walks in 37 innings while striking out 43 batters.
Cliff Lee lost his second gave of the World Series and the 2010 postseason in Game 5. It marks the second consecutive year he’s been on the losing team in the World Series – he was a member of the 2009 Phillies team that lost to the Yankees in the Fall Classic.
Edgar Renteria was named World Series MVP. His game winning hit marks the second game winning World Series hit in his career. As a member of the 1997 Florida Marlins World Champion team, Renteria drove in the winning run on a walk off single.