Heading into Game 3 of the 2010 World Series, the Texas Rangers had their backs against the wall after dropping the first two games to the San Francisco Giants. They had not been able to control the Giants’ bats and had given up 20 runs already in the best-of-seven series.
But coming back home to host Game 3, the Rangers felt they would respond and not allow themselves to be one game away from losing the series. This proved to be true as Texas got strong pitching from starter Colby Lewis and limited the Giants to just 5 hits in their 4-2 win on Saturday.
“We wanted to get back home. We felt comfortable here,” Texas manager Ron Washington said. “We knew we could finally put a good game together, and we did.”
The Rangers jumped out ahead quickly in the second inning. Mitch Moreland hit a three-run home run to put Texas ahead 3-0. Later in the fifth, Josh Hamilton added a homer of his own to put the Rangers up 4-0. The Giants would try to mount a comeback and in the fifth inning, Cody Ross launched a solo home run and in the eighth, Andres Torres added another to bring San Francisco within 2.
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The Giants would bring the tying run to the plate in the eighth, but reliever Darren O’Day would retire Buster Posey to end the inning.
The win makes the Rangers the first team from Texas to win a Series game. Leading up to Game 3, Texas had put a lot of emphasis on getting back home and playing in front of their fans. They knew it would give them a lift and this proved to be correct. Not to mention, it also gives them a little momentum heading into Game 4. And Lewis,who pitched 7.2 innings and allowed just 2 runs on five hits while striking out 6, was ready to bring the series back to Texas.
“I was just really excited to come back home. I knew with these fans out here we had a definite advantage,” Lewis said. “It was just a thing of comfort-ability.”
Now, Major League Baseball fans will get to see if they can carry this momentum into Game 4 on Sunday. Texas, as in Game 3, will be favored once again according to MLB sportsbooks with their moneyline set at -150. They will send Madison Bumgarner to the mound to start in Game 4. The Giants will start Tommy Hunter and they have their moneyline set at +135. The OVER/UNDER is set at 9.