Royals beat Giants, 3-2, for 2-1 World Series lead

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals fields a ball hit by Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning for the final out during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals underhands the ball for the final out in the ninth inning during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals' Greg Holland throws to first for the final out on San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals won the game 3-2 to lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer celebrates after San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence grounded out to end Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals defeated the Giants 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Eric Hosmer #35 and Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals celebrate the Royals 3-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence walks back to the dugout after grounding out in the ninth inning to the end Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals defeated the Giants 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
The Kansas City Royals celebrate after their 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer (35) celebrate after Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals won 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas celebrates after the Royals' 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
The Kansas City Royals celebrate after their 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon (4) celebrates with teammates after Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals won 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo throws during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo throws during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey hits a sacrifice grounder to score Michael Morse during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford, right, is congratulated by his teammates after scoring on Michael Morse's RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford heads for home on an RBI double by Giants' Michael Morse during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera pitches during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera raises his cap after walking San Francisco Giants Gregor Blanco during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants Michael Morse reacts after hitting an RBI double to score Brandon Crawford during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants' Michael Morse hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost talks to pitcher Jeremy Guthrie after taking him out of the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie is congratulated in the dugout as he leaves the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon heads for home plate after an RBI single by Eric Hosmer, left, during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer hits an RBI single to score Alex Gordon during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Home plate umpire Jim Reynolds watches as Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon scores on the an RBI single by Eric Hosmer during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson steps in the team's dugout after being relieved in the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar is congratulated by teammate Mike Moustakas after scoring during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer hits an RBI single during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer (35) hits an RBI single off San Francisco Giants pitcher Javier Lopez (49) during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer hits an RBI single during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Javier Lopez throws during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Javier Lopez throws during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson, left, walks off the mound after being relieved during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals Alcides Escobar runs to score on an RBI double by Alex Gordon during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar scores at home past San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey on a double by Royals' Alex Gordon during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants' Tim Hudson acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals Alcides Escobar is congratulated by a teammate after scoring on an RBI double by Alex Gordon during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie pitches to the San Francisco Giants during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Fans hold up signs in support of Stand Up 2 Cancer event during baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence catches a ball hit by Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain during the fourth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie throws during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Paul Buck, Pool)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson throws during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Paul Buck, Pool)
Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain catches a fly ball to right field by San Francisco Giants Travis Ishikawa to end the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar is out at first by San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence is tagged out attempting to steal second base by Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa catches a fly ball by Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Spectators cheer during Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Singer Huey Lewis cheers before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, shakes hands with Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost before Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants Bruce Bochy, left, speaks to former San Francisco Giants' Hall of Famer Willie Mays waits to be introduced before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Former San Francisco Giants' Hall of Famer Willie Mays waits to be introduced before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Confetti flies during the national anthem before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jeremy Guthrie pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, Lorenzo Cain drove in an early run off Tim Hudson and made a pair of nifty catches, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-1 World Series lead.

Cain's RBI groundout three batters in put the Royals ahead, and Kansas City expanded its lead to 3-0 in the sixth when Alex Gordon hit an RBI double off Cain and scored on Eric Hosmer's single off left-hander Javier Lopez.

San Francisco finally got to Guthrie in the bottom of the sixth when pinch-hitter Michael Morse hit an RBI double over third base just past the glove of a diving Michael Moustakas and scored on Buster Posey's groundout against Kelvin Herrera.

Herrera, Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined for four innings of hitless relief, the longest in a Series game in 22 years.

Game 4 is Saturday night with Kansas City's Jason Vargas facing San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong.

Of the 57 times a World Series has been tied 1-1, the Game 3 winner has taken the title 37 times.

Holland On Royals' Game 3 Win


Guthrie returned to the area where he gained attention pitching for Stanford in 2001-02, becoming a first-round draft pick, and made just his second start since Sept. 26. He allowed two runs and four hits in five-plus innings.

Guthrie gave up an infield single in the second to Hunter Pence, who was caught stealing second by catcher Salvador Perez, followed by Brandon Belt's single to center. Guthrie retired his next 10 batters in order and combined with Hudson to get out 20 in a row, the longest Series streak since the Yankees' Don Larsen and the Brooklyn Dodgers' Sal Maglie retired the first 23 batters during Larsen's perfect game in 1956, according to STATS.

At 39 years, 102 days, Hudson became the second-oldest pitcher to make his World Series debut as a starter behind Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer. Moyer was 45 years, 342 when he started the third game against Tampa Bay in 2008. He allowed three runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings.

On a sun-splashed late afternoon in Northern California, the Fall Classic returned to AT&T Park, where the Giants had won six straight Series games dating to 2002. The ballpark, alongside San Francisco Bay, has a unique atmosphere: The Grateful Dead's "Sugar Magnolia" and "Uncle John's Band" played on the sound system during batting practice, and public address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon stirred up the crowd with an excited voice. Many fans wore orange - including a man in an orange suit behind home plate - and thousands wore orange towels.

With the shift to the NL ballpark, the Royals moved Cain from center field to right to boost defense in one of AT&T Park's trickiest positions. Usual right fielder Nori Aoki was not in the starting lineup, and Jarrod Dyson was in center and hit eighth in his first start since Sept. 20.

Cain made a pair of nice plays early, sliding to grab Posey's liner to end the first and reaching down for a running grab on Travis Ishikawa's twisting drive with a runner on to end the second.

Gordon, who batted sixth in Kansas City, moved up to No. 2 hole as the Royals lost their designated hitter, Billy Butler. And with the loss of the DH, San Francisco's Michael Morse was out.

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who died June 16 of oral cancer, was honored before the game. His family stood on the infield with MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred as a tribute was played on the center-field video board that included Gwynn highlights and interviews. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by Frank Burke, the fan who caught Ishikawa's pennant-winning home run last week and gave the ball to the Giants outfielder.

There also was a video remembrance of the 1989 earthquake that happened just before the scheduled start of Game 3 at Candlestick Park, and rock'n'roller Huey Lewis shouted "Play ball!"

Alcides Escobar drove Hudson's first pitch, a 91 mph fastball, off the base of the wall near the left-field corner, advanced when Gordon grounded the next pitch to first and scored on Cain's bouncer to shortstop.

Hudson, in his 16th big league season, got in trouble again in the second, when Mike Moustakas singled to lead off and Omar Infante walked. Perez lined a hanging cutter to left, when Ishikawa made a sliding catch. Dyson, among the fastest runners in the major leagues, grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

Escobar grounded a single up the middle past Hudson with one out in the sixth, ending Hudson's streak of 12 batters retired. Gordon drove the next pitch on a hop to the wall in center, ending an 0-for-9 Series slump with his 10th RBI of the postseason.

After Cain grounded out, Hosmer fouled off six pitches before singling to center on the 11th pitch of the at-bat, ending his 0-for-8 Series slide.

Brandon Crawford singled leading off the bottom half, and Morse pulled a deep drive about 15 feet foul before doubling.

Herrera, throwing at up to 101 mph, walked Gregor Blanco and then induced consecutive groundouts from Joe Panic, Posey and Pablo Sandoval.
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