Giants blank Rangers to take 3-1 lead

ARLINGTON, Texas - Madison Bumgarner allowed three hits in eight innings, Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey homered and San Francisco beat the Texas Rangers, 4-0, last night to take a 3-1 World Series lead and move within one win of the Giants' first title since 1954.

Bumgarner, San Francisco's 21-year-old No. 4 starter, didn't allow a runner past second base. Brian Wilson finished with a hitless ninth for the Giants' second shutout of the Series.

Huff hit a two-run homer in the third off loser Tommy Hunter. Andres Torres added an RBI double in the seventh against Darren Oliver, and Posey homered in the eighth off Darren O'Day.

In Game 5 tonight, opening-game winner Tim Lincecum pitches for the Giants against the Rangers' Cliff Lee, who lost Game 1.

Normally the Giants' first baseman, Huff was a designated hitter for the first time this year. He had gone 76 at-bats without a home run, dating back to Sept. 25.

Bumgarner struck out six and walked two, throwing 69 of 106 pitches for strikes. The Rangers' first hit was an infield single by Michael Young leading off the fourth.

At 21 years, 91 days old, Bumgarner is the fifth youngest pitcher to start a World Series.

"I can't say enough about what he did," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Bumgarner.

Texas was trying to tie the Series after a 4-2 win Saturday.

"I thought the pitching was the thing tonight," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "And their defense."

Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando, who reliever Hunter in the fifth inning, left the game in the sixth with a strained muscle on his left side.

"We'll make a move, but he's through," Washington said.

Washington, who said Ogando pulled his oblique muscle, would not say who would be added to the roster for tonight's game.