By Joe Lemire, SI.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Giants trotted out a rookie starting pitcher and rookie catcher -- the first all-rookie battery since 1947 -- and received an appropriately historic performance.
Lefthanded starter Madison Bumgarner delivered eight shutout innings and allowed only three hits, only the fifth time since 1995 that a pitcher has gone at least eight innings while allowing no more than three hits in a World Series game.
Catcher Buster Posey added a home run for the final of the Giants' four tallies -- first baseman Aubrey Huff delivered the big blow with a two-run blast in the third -- as San Francisco defeated the Rangers 4-0 on Sunday night to extend their World Series lead to 3-1.
Bumgarner and Posey are the first all-rookie battery to start a World Series game since the Yankees' Spec Shea and Yogi Berra in Games 1, 5 and 7 in the 1947, though Shea turned 27 years old during that series.
It was only the fifth time since 1995 that a pitcher has gone at least eight innings while allowing no more than three hits in a World Series game. At 21 years, 91 days old, Bumgarner is the fifth youngest pitcher to start a World Series and the second youngest with eight shutout innings.
With a slingshot delivery in which he throws across his body, Bumgarner pounded the strike zone with 21 first-pitch strikes to 27 hitters, many of them with inside fastballs, often a no-go.
Huff, a graduate of Brewer High School in nearby Fort Worth, crushed a first-pitch cutter that Rangers starter Tommy Hunter left down the middle of the plate, sending the ball some 400 feet down the rightfield line.
Nine of the 10 runs scored in the two games in Texas have been scored via home run. The Giants' third run tonight came on a run-scoring double from Andres Torres, one of his three hits in the game. Shorstop Edgar Renteria also had three hits.
Hunter struggled with his command and his pitches weren't good enough to fool the Giants hitters. On only two of his 83 pitches did a Giant swing and miss -- both by No. 9 hitter Nate Schierholtz -- and when they were off balanced, they still made contact, fouling off 22 pitches. He pitched only four innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks.
Alexi Ogando was the first Ranger reliever to enter the game, pitching 1 2/3 perfect innings before exiting with a left oblique strain.
Monday night's Game 5 could now be an elimination game and features a rematch of Game 1's bout between Cy Young winners, Tim Lincecum of the Giants and Cliff Lee of the Rangers.