Pablo Sandoval hits three home runs as the Giants take a 1-0 World Series lead
Last Updated: 25/10/12 9:31am
Pablo Sandoval: Three home runs in World Series opener
Pablo Sandoval had a night to remember as he put his name in the record books in San Francisco's World Series opening 8-3 win over Detroit.
Sandoval became the fourth player to hit three home runs in a World Series match and contributed four of the Giants 11 hits as they look to win the title for the second time in three seasons.
The 2010 champions were quick out of the blocks in Game One at AT&T Park with Sandoval taking Justin Verlander deep in the first inning.
Cy Young award winner Verlander had one of his very rare bad nights, lasting only four innings and departing the game not long after Sandoval had hit him into the stands for the second time.
The third baseman, fondly known as Kung-Fu Panda, completed his treble in the fifth off reliever Al Alburquerque to make it 6-0.
Marco Scutaro batted in a couple of runs on two singles and a two-run blast from Jhonny Peralta in the top of the ninth did little to inspire the Tigers, who failed to make the most of their remaining hits.
The win went to veteran left-hander Barry Zito, who gave up six hits and a run in 5 2/3 innings before handing over to Tim Lincecum and the rest of the Giants bullpen.
"We played our last game only two days ago," Sandoval said. "We're still hot. We just came here and played our game."