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Giants Pummel Royals From The Start In Game 1 World Series Win

Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game 1 of the 2014 World Series on Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. Rob Carr/Getty Images hide caption

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Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game 1 of the 2014 World Series on Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo.

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Updated at 1:45 a.m. ET, Oct. 22.

Madison Bumgarner continued his dominant run through the playoffs, giving up just three hits and striking out five in seven innings Tuesday, as the San Francisco Giants clobbered the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the World Series.

A two-run home run by outfielder Hunter Pence staked the Giants to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, and that would be more than enough as the Royals managed nothing more than a solo home run by catcher Salvador Perez in the seventh inning.

ESPN noted that the relatively long time off before this game might not have helped:

Giants right fielder Hunter Pence watches his two-run home run Tuesday. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Giants right fielder Hunter Pence watches his two-run home run Tuesday.

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"Some will inevitably blame the Royals' long layoff as one reason for the loss, but as Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game, 'I don't think the layoff had anything to do with tonight's game. I think Madison Bumgarner had something to do with tonight's game.' "

ESPN also sums up these five key moments:

- 106 pitches for Bumgarner.

- Giants explode out of the gate.

- Bumgarner works out of a big jam in the third inning.

-Giants flash some leather in the first inning.

- Shields knocked out in the fourth.

Game 2 is set for Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

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