Baseball: Giants hit the ground running

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The Independent Online

The opening game of the World Series was supposed to be a pitching duel, but batters ruled as the San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 11-7 to take an early lead in the best-of-seven series on Wednesday night.

The match-up of Cliff Lee of Texas and San Francisco's Tim Lincecum failed to live up to its billing. "We faced a great pitcher tonight and he wasn't quite on top of his game, and Timmy wasn't quite as sharp either," said the Giants manager, Bruce Bochy.

San Francisco's Freddy Sanchez had three doubles among his four hits, while Juan Uribe belted a three-run homer off reliever Darren O'Day that capped off the scoring spree in the fifth inning. Game two is in San Francisco tonight.