MLB: Giants beat Rangers to win 2010 World Series

Giants beat Rangers in 2010 World Series

The San Francisco Giants ended their 56-year World Series title drought Monday night by beating the Texas Rangers 3-1 in Game 5. Tim Lincecum pitched valiantly for eight innings while Edgar Renteria, who was named Series MVP, blasted a three-run homer with two out in the seventh that helped San Francisco capture the 106th Fall Classic. It was the Giants’ first world championship since 1954, when they still played in the Polo Grounds in New York. They moved to California four years later.

Renteria, a 35-year-old Colombian shortstop, joins an elite list of just three other players — Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra — who have driven in the game-winning run in the deciding game of two different World Series. In 1997, Renteria singled home the Series-winning run for the Florida Marlins against the Cleveland Indians in Game 7.

Making their first Fall Classic appearance in the franchise’s 39-year history in Texas, the Rangers, who were heavily favored to win the Series, failed to score for 18 straight innings before Nelson Cruz’s homer in the seventh.