They played like giants.
Heroic hitting. Steadfast fielding. Storybook pitching.
In all the baseball things that mattered, the San Francisco Giants stood tall enough and mighty enough Monday night to write the happy ending to a fairy tale that was 52 years in the making.
Mystifying the potent Rangers lineup yet again, the Giants rode Edgar Renteria's seventh-inning home run to a 3-1 victory and captured the storied franchise's first World Series since moving to California in 1958.
In Monday's Game 5, it was Hobbit-sized Tim Lincecum who held the Rangers to three hits. In Game 2 last week, Giants pitcher Matt Cain had combined to shut out the Rangers on four hits. And Sunday's Game 3 had been another shutout, that one mostly the pitching work of Madison Bumgarner, who also held the Rangers to three hits.
Five World Series games, 12 runs. And only 29 hits.