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            === Giants shut out Tigers for 3-0 World Series lead ===
 
 Detroit,  MI  (Sports Network) -  The weather turned  cold as the World Series
 shifted to Detroit, and so remained the Tigers' bats.
 
 Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Sergio Romo combined on a five-hit shutout as
 the  San Francisco  Giants  moved  within a  game  of  capturing their  second
 championship  in three  years with a 2-0 triumph over the struggling Tigers in
 Game 3 from Comerica Park.
 
 Detroit  mustered just three runs and 10 hits in losing the first two matchups
 of  this Fall Classic held in San Francisco, and didn't fare any better as the
 series  moved to the Motor City. The Tigers stranded nine baserunners and went
 0-for-4  with men  in scoring position in suffering their sixth straight World
 Series defeat dating back to their last appearance in 2006.
 
 "I thought we had (Vogelsong) on the ropes a couple times tonight. We couldn't
 get the killer hit or the killer blow," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
 
 The  Tigers  have now been blanked  by the Giants in consecutive games, having
 also  dropped a  2-0 decision in Thursday's  Game 2. Detroit was shut out just
 twice during its run to the AL Central title in the regular season.
 
 Conversely,  San Francisco  continues to  get stellar  work from  its starting
 staff  as  it extended  its franchise-record postseason  winning streak to six
 games.
 
 Vogelsong  (1-0) pitched  out of several jams  over the first 5 2/3 innings in
 which  he allowed five hits and four walks. Lincecum then surrendered just one
 walk  over the next  2 1/3 frames before turning things over to Romo, with the
 Giants closer setting down the side in order to give his team a commanding 3-0
 series lead.
 
 "It's  a  good situation, but there's  nothing done yet," Giants manager Bruce
 Bochy  said. "You have to keep going about your business as usual and come out
 tomorrow ready to go."
 
 Over  their last six outings, San Francisco starters have given up a scant two
 runs  in a total  of 38 2/3 innings. The Giants became only the second team to
 win  the first  three games of a  World Series and have their starting pitcher
 earn  the victory  while giving up one  run or less, joining the 1937 New York
 Yankees.
 
 Brandon  Crawford  went  2-for-3  with  an  RBI  single  to  pace  the  Giants
 offensively,  while  Gregor Blanco delivered  a run-scoring triple in a second
 inning where the National League champions did all of their damage.
 
 The  two-run second  spoiled an otherwise terrific start from Detroit's Anibal
 Sanchez  (0-1),  with the  right-hander striking out  eight batters over seven
 innings and permitting only six hits and a walk.
 
 The  Giants will  attempt to  claim their  seventh World  Series title  in the
 modern  era  behind Matt Cain  on Sunday, with  the Tigers countering with Max
 Scherzer.
 
 A  brisk  night where the  temperature hovered  around 40 degrees provided few
 scoring  opportunities.  But as has been  the case throughout this series, the
 Giants were the ones able to make the most of theirs.
 
 San  Francisco took  full advantage  of  one of  Sanchez's few  mistakes --  a
 leadoff  walk  to  Hunter  Pence  to begin  the  second  inning.  Pence  would
 eventually  reach  third on a  steal and a wild  pitch, then crossed the plate
 with the game's first run when Blanco drove a full-count pitch into the gap in
 right-center field and hustled all the way to third.
 
 Sanchez rebounded to strike out Hector Sanchez, but the light-hitting Crawford
 lined a single up the middle to extend the Giants' lead to 2-0.
 
 San  Francisco  would  generate  little  offensively  over  the  remainder  of
 Sanchez's  stint, with the offseason pickup yielding just three singles during
 his final five innings of work.
 
 The  Tigers,  on the  other hand,  had Vogelsong  seemingly on  the ropes on a
 number of occasions, but simply couldn't come up with a timely hit.
 
 Detroit  had  runners on first  and second  with one out  in the bottom of the
 first,  but  Vogelsong was able  to induce  a double-play grounder from Prince
 Fielder.  The same scenario existed in the third, when back-to-back singles by
 Omar  Infante  and Austin  Jackson placed  two on with  one out. Vogelsong was
 again bailed out by a double-play, with Quintin Berry the culprit this time.
 
 The  Tigers'  best chance to  break out occurred in  the fifth. Alex Avila and
 Omar  Infante came  through with  consecutive one-out  singles before  Jackson
 worked a walk from Vogelsong to load the bases.
 
 They  would come  away empty once more, however, as Vogelsong struck out Berry
 and got AL Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to harmlessly pop up to short to
 keep it a 2-0 game.
 
 It  would be Detroit's last real scoring threat, as Lincecum set down seven of
 the  nine hitters he faced after relieving Vogelsong with one out and a runner
 on  in the sixth and Romo tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his second save of the
 series.
 
 "Just being able to contribute is the biggest thing for me," Lincecum said. "I
 know  this season I  didn't do exactly what I wanted to do, so to go out there
 and  just to  be able  to do  something  for the  team, whether  it's for  two
 innings, an inning or four innings, that's my goal."
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Vogelsong  is now 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA in four starts during these playoffs. He
 became  only  the fourth pitcher with  four consecutive starts of allowing one
 run  or  less in a single  postseason, with Curt Schilling (2001), Burt Hooton
 (1981)  and  Blue Moon Odom  (1972) the others ...  The Giants have now thrown
 four  shutouts this  postseason,  tying a  franchise record  set  in 1905  and
 matched  by  the 2010 championship squad  ... Detroit had won five consecutive
 postseason  games at home, a streak that dated back to Game 5 of the 2011 ALCS
 ...  San  Francisco third baseman  Pablo Sandoval went  2-for-4 and now has 23
 hits  during  these playoffs, breaking  J.T. Snow's club  mark set in 2002 ...
 Prior to the game, Cabrera and Giants catcher Buster Posey were both announced
 as  MLB's winners  of the  2012 Hank  Aaron Award,  which recognizes  the most
 outstanding offensive performer in each league in a fan vote.
 
 10/28 02:38:39 ET