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Sandoval heroics give Giants first blood

25 October 2012 06:14

Pablo Sandoval etched his named into MLB folklore with three home runs as San Francisco beat Detroit 8-3 in Game 1 of the World Series.

Sandoval is just the fourth man in history to hit three homers in a World Series game after Albert Pujols last year, Reggie Jackson in 1977 and Babe Ruth, who achieved the feat in 1926 and 1928.

But the Giants slugger created his own slice of history, with the third baseman the only person out of the four to homer in his first three at-bats of the game at AT&T Park.

The Venezuelan became just the 10th player in Major League history to hit two or more home runs in the first game of a World Series.

Sandoval homered off Tigers star pitcher Justin Verlander in the first and third innings before connecting on another monster off reliever Al Alburquerque in the fifth.

The Giants also added two runs in the seventh inning on the back of RBIs to Marco Scutaro and Buster Posey.

Jhonny Peralta fired a two-run homer in the last, but it was a case of too little too late for the Tigers.

San Francisco, who were on the brink of elimination when they trailed defending champions St. Louis 3-1 in their NL Championship Series, have now conceded just four runs in their last 36 innings.

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