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Giants' World Series lead blows out to 3

DETROIT -- Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong escaped trouble three times as San Francisco moved one win from its second title in three seasons with a 2-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday

The Giants, who now lead 3-0, became the first team to toss consecutive shutouts in the Series since Baltimore ended 1966 with three straight against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I'll say this: The club is playing well," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Vogelsong became only the third pitcher to make four straight starts in a single postseason in which he allowed no more than one run, giving up five hits in five 2-3 innings with four walks and three strikeouts.

No team has ever blown such a 3-0 lead in the World Series. And with the way Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and the Giants are pitching, it seemed unlikely the Tigers would even score a run, yet alone win a game.

"Well, it's a good situation, but there's nothing been done yet," Bochy said. "It's a number, just like I said about two. Now it's three. But that's not the Series."

Gregor Blanco hit an RBI triple and trotted home on Brandon Crawford's single in the second inning, and that was ample for the Giants.

After playing a nearly perfect Game 3, the Giants will turn to "Mr. Perfect" Matt Cain to try for a sweep Sunday against Max Scherzer.

Vogelsong, a career journeyman whose path to the World Series took a detour to Japan, improved to 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA in four starts this postseason. He induced two early double plays, then faced his stiffest test in the fifth.

"I knew my stuff was pretty good," Vogelsong said. "I was really pumped up to be out there."

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