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Giants leave Series with respect for Rangers

Giants leave Series with respect for Rangers

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ARLINGTON -- En route to their first World Series championship since moving West more than five decades ago, the Giants outscored the Rangers, 29-12, took two of three at their place and won the series in five games.

But after a 3-1 victory on Monday secured the Giants' first title since the franchise was in New York in 1954, there was plenty of respect for the other side.

"Class, class, class-act team," Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez said. "Great group of guys over there. I want to tip my hat to the Rangers. I know a lot of those guys, great group of guys. And they're just a class team. Those guys really were."

Many looked at the Giants as the underdogs heading into this Series, but with solid pitching and a scrappy offense that came up big when the moments warranted, they essentially dominated this series.

Ron Washington took notice.

"I just want to congratulate the San Francisco Giants," the Rangers' skipper said. "They're truly the world champions. You know, they beat us soundly. I just want to give Bruce Bochy and his staff a congratulations for what they did with their team and the way he kept them motivated and kept them playing. They deserve it."


If for no other reason, the Giants deserve it because of this: They beat one of the best pitchers in baseball twice.

Starting Game 1 of the World Series, Rangers ace Cliff Lee was unusually off while giving up seven runs (six earned) in 4 2/3 innings. But, as many expected, he was on his game in his second start on Monday.

His only mistake was a two-out three-run homer surrendered to Edgar Renteria in the seventh inning. Unfortunately for the Rangers, that wound up being the difference.

"He was so lights-out tonight," Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff said. "He was painting everything. Night and day from what he was in our place, and he had his game. We got lucky enough to square one up. I knew it was going to take somebody running into a ball tonight, and that's the way it was."

Whether the Rangers will be able to re-sign Lee as a free agent is a big question heading into the offseason. Regardless, they have players like Colby Lewis, Tommy Hunter, C.J. Wilson, Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Josh Hamilton and many more they can continue to build around.

"They're going to be around for a while," Sanchez said.

But in this Series, there was no question who the better team was.

"Obviously, their offense speaks for itself, but our pitching is tough," Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz said. "I think [Madison] Bumgarner kind of set the tone last night. That was momentum for us after losing the game before. He really set the tone, then Timmy [Lincecum] came in. He was dirty tonight. He had everything -- his slider -- and it's tough to beat good pitching, no matter how good your offense is. I think this postseason proved that."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Gonzo and 'The Show'. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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