Giants 2, Tigers 0: Ryan Vogelsong continued his postseason dominance with 5 2/3 scoreless innings while Brandon Crawford recorded two hits and an RBI as visiting San Francisco recorded its second straight shutout and moved within one victory of winning its second World Series title in three years.
San Francisco can complete the four-game sweep with a victory in Game 4 on Sunday night. No team has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a World Series.
Hunter Pence drew a leadoff walk from Anibal Sanchez (0-1) in the second and stole second as Brandon Belt struck out before moving to third on a wild pitch. Gregor Blanco followed with an RBI triple off the wall in right-center field and scored two batters later on Crawford's single.
That was enough support for Vogelsong (1-0), who yielded five hits and walked four while striking out three. The right-hander has allowed a total of three runs and 16 hits over 24 2/3 innings in four playoff starts.
Vogelsong's performance was the latest in a string of impressive outings by San Francisco starters, who have yielded two runs over 38 2/3 frames during the Giants' franchise-record six-game postseason winning streak.
Vogelsong combined with relievers Tim Lincecum and Sergio Romo, who posted his third save of the playoffs with a perfect ninth inning, on San Francisco's second consecutive shutout. The 1966 Baltimore Orioles were the last to accomplish the feat as they blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers three consecutive times.
The Tigers squandered numerous opportunities to get on the board against Vogelsong over the first five innings. After Quintin Berry drew a one-out walk and Miguel Cabrera singled in the first, Prince Fielder grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Two frames later, Omar Infante and Austin Jackson hit one-out singles before Vogelsong induced a twin killing from Berry, keeping Detroit scoreless. The Tigers loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but Berry struck out and Cabrera popped up to shortstop to end the threat.
Sanchez pitched well, allowing two runs and six hits in seven innings with one walk and eight strikeouts. He fell to 1-2 this postseason despite registering a 1.77 ERA in three starts.
Omar Infante recorded two of the five hits by the Tigers, who lost at home for the first time in five games this postseason.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Detroit has collected a total of seven hits over the last two games after registering eight in the series opener. ... The last National League team to record back-to-back shutouts in the World Series was the 1919 Cincinnati Reds, who blanked the Chicago White Sox in Games Four and Five of the scandalous series. ... The Tigers, who never trailed during their sweep of the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, have yet to own a lead through three games of the World Series. ... Fielder is 1-for-10 in the series. ... Actress Zooey Deschanel of the FOX sitcom "New Girl" sang the national anthem.