KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer off James Shields in a three-run first and the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesday night's World Series opener.
In a matchup of streaking teams, the Giants won their seventh Series game in a row dating to 2010 and ended a perfect postseason for the Royals, who had been 8-0. San Francisco also ended the Royals' 11-game postseason winning streak dating to their 1985 title, one shy of the record set by the Yankees on two occasions.
Royals manager Ned Yost said in his postgame news conference that his team wasn't expecting to sweep through the World Series.
“We knew that this series was going to be a battle, too. We didn’t expect to come in here and sweep the San Francisco Giants,” Yost said. “We knew that this was a series that was going to go deep, we know how tough they are.”
Bumgarner extended his Series scoreless streak to 21 innings before Salvador Perez's seventh-inning homer, which also ended Bumgarner's record streak of 32 2-3 scoreless postseason road innings. Bumgarner only had to work out of a real jam once, which happened in the third inning after Omar Infante reached on an error and Mike Moustakas hit a double, putting men on second and third with no outs. Bumgarner struck out Alcides Escobar and Norichika Aoki before getting Eric Hosmer to bounce to second, ending the threat.
“We had an opportunity in the third and I was really impressed with the way he fed off our aggressiveness and just worked up the ladder to get out of that jam. He was nails tonight,” Yost said.
Shields allowed five runs and seven hits and needed 70 pitches to get nine outs. Yost maintained that Shields would start game 5 if the series gets that far, and Shields said recently passing a kidney stone didn't impact his performance.
"No, nothing at all, I feel pretty good physically and just made some bad pitches in key situations where I needed to step and make some pitches," Shields said.
The Game 1 winner has captured 15 of the last 17 titles. In 1985 the Royals dropped both games 1 and 2 at home to the St. Louis Cardinals before winning four of the last five games to win the I-70 series.