x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

'Great plays' help Bumgarner shut down Rangers

The pitcher and second baseman Freddy Sanchez earn the plaudits for a performance which leaves the San Francisco Giants on the verge of winning the World Series.

Pitcher Madison Bumgarner and second baseman Freddy Sanchez earned the plaudits for a performance which left the San Francisco Giants on the verge of a World Series title last night.

Bumgarner pitched eight shutout innings while the Giants, led by Sanchez, made a host of sparkling defensive plays to beat the Texas Rangers 4-0 on Sunday night.

They led the Series 3-1 going into last night's fifth game in Texas.

"When you have good pitching like Bumgarner today, you have to play good defence," Edgar Renteria, the Giants shortstop, said. "We talked about that. We knew we had to play good defence and we did it."

Sanchez was sharp at second base, Buster Posey, the catcher, showed off his strong arm, and Bumgarner also made a stellar play to help hold the Rangers scoreless.

Sanchez started a pair of double plays and made a leaping stop off a line drive that put him on his back.

"He definitely made a lot of key plays for us tonight," said Travis Ishikawa, the first baseman.

Posey threw out Josh Hamilton trying to steal. And Cody Ross, the left fielder, made a sliding, shoestring catch.

The good plays kept Bumgarner out of trouble all night.

"A lot of great plays," Bumgarner said, who allowed only three hits and two walks in the eight innings he pitched. "I needed them tonight."