Royals can’t crack Bumgarner, lose 5-0 in World Series Game 5

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner smothered the Kansas City Royals for the second time in a week, pitching a four-hitter that led the San Francisco Giants to a 5-0 victory Sunday night and a 3-2 World Series lead.

Bumgarner struck out eight and walked none in improving to 4-0 in four World Series starts. He has allowed one run in 31 Series innings, an astonishing 0.29 ERA.

"He's got that arm angle and he's got the cutter he can mix speeds on, and like I said, you really just can't get in the hitters count off him really because he throws that cutter at so many different speeds and you're just constantly trying to battle. He really didn't leave to many pitches over the plate to hit for us," first baseman Eric Hosmer said.

Brandon Crawford drove in three runs and Juan Perez hit a two-run double for the Giants, seeking to become only the second NL team to win three titles in a five-year span.

James Shields lost to Bumgarner for the second time, allowing eight hits and two runs in six innings.

"I made my pitches tonight, these guys just put the bat to the ball and found holes, and that ball probably would've been in the dirt and he ended up going out and getting it. It's a tough match up and Bumgarner, obviously nine shutout innings, you can't really beat that," Shields said.

In the 41 previous instances the World Series was 2-2 in the best-of-seven format, the Game 5 winner has taken the title 27 times. After a day off, there will be a rematch of Game 2 starters, Yordano Ventura pitches for the Royals and Jake Peavy for the Giants. Third baseman Mike Moustakas said the team is looking forward to coming home.

"It's gonna be nice you know, go back to the K, play in front of the home crowd, get Billy back in that lineup and we'll see what happens," he said.

Hosmer echoed that sentiment, saying he and his teammates aren't in unfamiliar territory.

"Been here before, we've overcame this, the Wild Card game obviously was our back against the wall pretty much the whole game, so it's nothing new. We just gotta take it a game at a time and  worry about Game 6 and Jake Peavy," he said.

Game 6 is Tuesday night, first pitch at Kauffman Stadium is at 7:07 and you can watch the game on FOX 4.

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Bumgarner gets a Hosmer ground out and it’s all over for the World Series out west, the Giants grab a 3-2 series lead on the strength of Bumgarner’s left arm and some timely hitting. KC needs to win both games 6 and 7 at Kauffman Stadium to win the World Series. 

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Cain grounds out to short, Hosmer represents Royals last hope to extend the game. 

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Gordon flies out to Pence for the first out of the ninth, and the Royals are down to their final two outs. Cain up to the plate. 

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Davis strikes out Blanco to end a disaster of an eighth inning that sees the Giants score three times to extend the lead to 5-0. 

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Bumgarner takes his at-bat, ensuring he’ll be out in the ninth, but strikes out for the second out of the inning. 

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Rough inning continues to slide down hill with Crawford collecting his third RBI of the night on a blooper down the left field line. Giants lead 5-0. 

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Score is now 4-0, Giants lead, that may prompt Bumgarner to come out for the complete game in the ninth. 

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Juan Perez with a dagger shot off the top of the wall in center field that clears the bases and ends with him on third. Perez was 1-18 with runners in scoring position before that at bat this year. 

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Davis strikes out Belt on a 3-2 pitch for the first out of the inning. Belt disagreed, but the pitch did hit the outside corner. 

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Wade Davis will relieve Herrera, who inherits a situation with two Giants on and nobody out in the eighth. 

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Sandoval and Pence hit back-to-back singles off Herrera to start the bottom of the 8th, Giants looking for insurance up 2-0. 

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Escobar gets a good pitch to hit, but can’t do anything with it and flies out to center to end the inning. 

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Jayson Nix swings away on a 3-1 count, gets under the pitch and pops it up to left for the out. Strike zone plot shows the pitch nipped the top of the zone, but Nix may have better served to watch it. 

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Billy Butler gets his first at bat since game 2, but strikes out on three pitches. Jayson Nix up to bat for the Royals. 

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Hererra works around a walk to Panik and gets a double play ball from Posey, ending the Giants threat in the 8th

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Final line on Shields is a good one: 6 innings pitched, 8 hits, 2 runs (both earned) 4 strikeouts against 1 walk. 94 pitches, 61 for strikes. 

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Herrera on to pitch for the Royals in the seventh. 

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Lots of griping on social media about Joe Buck’s adoration of Madison Bumgarner, but the results don’t lie. He’s thrown 95 pitches tonight, 69 for strikes and only allowed four hits. This is his fourth career start in the World Series, he’s gone at least 7 innings in all of them. The only run he’s ever given up in the WS was Perez’s home run in game 1, a game that was out of hand, 7-0 when Perez sent the ball into the Royals’ bullpen. 

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Infante just barely misses beating out a ground ball to third, thrown out by a step and the Royals are turned away again by Bumgarner. Seventh inning stretch in San Francisco. 

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Moustakas skies out to center, and it’s up to Infante to preserve the inning with two away. 

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Perez hits a shot to the warning track in left, narrowly missing extra bases and perhaps tying the game, but gets nothing as Juan Perez catches it for the out. 

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Hosmer hits a leadoff single to right, and the Royals have the tying run up in the form of Salvador Perez. He homered off of Bumgarner in game 1. 

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Shields gets Crawford to bounce out and Bumgarner to pop out and the Giants are done in the sixth. Headed into the seventh, KC still seeking offense down 2-0. 

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Shields gets Belt to fly out, but yields a single to Ishikawa. Bullpen is warming with Crawford at the plate, who has driven in both San Francisco run. 

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As we continue to watch the World Series, our thoughts are with the St. Louis Cardinals organization and its fans with the news of Oscar Taveras’ passing today.

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Gordon and Cain both work quality at bats, but are turned away by Bumgarner, Cain lines out to end the sixth for the Royals. 

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Royals need a bit of luck against Bumgarner, none to be found in Escobar’s last at bat as a foul pop up stays in play and Posey makes the catch for the first out of the inning. 

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Cain saves two runs with a magnificent running catch in the right center alley. Pence robbed of extra bases, Royals still in striking distance thanks to more spectacular defense from #6. 

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Shields climbs the ladder and gets Sandoval to strike out. Pence up with two on and two out. 

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Posey draws a walk, dangerous Sandoval up to bat with two on and one out. 

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Panik bolts on a ball in the dirt and Perez doesn’t even attempt a throw, Giants have another runner in scoring position. 

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Shields gets Blanco to start the inning, but Panik singles up the middle, bringing Posey up to the plate. 

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Shields follows suit, becomes Bumgarner’s seventh strike out victim and the Royals fail to bring Infante around to score, still trail 2-0. 

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Dyson strikes out, bringing up Shields with Infante standing on second. 

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Infante ends a string of 10 in a row retired by Bumgarner with a double to left. Dyson up with a man in scoring position. 

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Shields retires Bumgarner with a strike out, but the Giants’ pitcher gets a little boost with the single run in the frame. Royals need to figure something out quick on offense. 

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While called a hit, the misplay by Escobar proves costly with Crawford dumping a single into center that Dyson mishandles, allowing Sandoval to amble home and make the score 2-0, Giants ahead. 

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Normally sound, shortstop Escobar lets a second grounder sneak under his glove and the Giants have men on first and second for Crawford. 

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Shields continues to look sharp, strikes out Belt with a breaking ball that Belt couldn’t have hit with a light pole. 

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Hunter Pence gets fooled, strikes out and loses his bat all in one motion. 

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Sandoval finds a hole to the right of Moustakas, squeezing a ground ball between the line and the third baseman for a leadoff single. 

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Royals downed quickly with three ground ball outs in the fourth, have no answer for Bumgarner yet and still trail 1-0. 

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Shields does well to bounce back in the third after giving up a run in the second, retires the top of the Giants’ order in only seven pitches. 

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Panik quickly erased and Shields has two outs with only four pitches thrown so far in the inning. 

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Gregor Blanco has seen two pitches from Shields tonight, and has been retired each time, flying out to Gordon to start the bottom of the third. 

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Gordon waives at a big, sweeping curve ball from Bumgarner to strike out and end the top of the third. In now 25 combined World Series innings, Bumgarner has only yielded a single run, that coming off a Perez home run in the 7th inning of Game 1. 

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Blanco makes a nice running catch on a sinking liner off Escobar’s bat for the second out of the inning. 

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Shields skies out to center field and there is one out with the top of the order coming up, Escobar at bat. 

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Shields gets his pitching adversary Bumgarner to ground out to Moustakas and the inning is over, Giants lead 1-0. Shields will lead off the Royals half of the third. 

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Giants take a 1-0 lead on a Crawford ground out, Belt advances to third with two outs in the inning. Shields had Crawford in a two-strike count, he’s struck out 12 times in the postseason, but Crawford did well to make contact and drove in the run 

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Royals with a rare mental lapse on defense. Dyson catches a fly ball to deep center that Pence advances to third on, but the throw, which should have come to the bag at second, sails towards the shortstop hole, allowing Belt to advance. Giants now with men on second and third with one out. 

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Belt with a surprise bunt that Escobar does well to field and just misses throwing him out at first. 

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Hunter Pence falls behind 0-2, but gets another 2-strike hit in the World Series, he’s now 5-9 in two strike counts during the Fall Classic. 

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Bumgarner mixes it up by striking out Dyson with a 94-mph fastball up and in and ends up striking out the side in the Royals’ half of the second. 

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Bumgarner quickly strikes out Infante, all three punch outs so far have come on breaking balls from Giants’ left-handed starter. 

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Moustakas battles Bumgarner, spoiling a couple 3-2 pitches, but strikes out for the first out in the top of the 2nd.

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Support for KC has been strong all over the place this postseason, even in the opponents’ home parks. 

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Royals have singles in each of the first two innings of Bumgarner after Perez slashes a ball the other way past Panik. Leadoff man on, Moustakas up for KC. 

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Shields falls behind 2-0 to Sandoval, but the Giants’ third baseman rolls over on a fastball that Infante snags at second and the inning is over. Top 2, no score yet in Game 5. 

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Posey with a two-out single on a ball left up by Shields, Sandoval up to bat. 

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Panik runs the count full and misses a down-the-middle fastball from Shields, he flies out to Dyson for the second out of the inning. 

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Like Escobar in the top of the first, Blanco comes out swinging and meekly grounds out to Hosmer at first base on the first pitch. 

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Shields headed out to the mound at AT&T Park, and he’s been a better pitcher on the road this year. Taking a larger sample from the regular season, he hasn’t been good anywhere in the postseason, here are his splits: Road (10-2, 2.97 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, .243 opponents’ batting average) Home (4-6, 3.51 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, .272 opponents’ batting average)

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Hosmer was expecting fastballs, gets fooled on consecutive breaking balls and strikes out to end the top of the first inning. 

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Cain serves a soft fly ball into center field on a 1-2 pitch that falls in front of Gregor Blanco, Royals have a man on and two outs for Hosmer. 

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First two Royals swinging early, Escobar pops the first pitch up for an out, Gordon grounds out to Panik. Two away for Cain. 

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Your lineup tonight for the Royals: