Sandoval Slams 3 HRs as Giants Win Game 1

San Francisco takes World Series opener at home against Detroit

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 24, 2012 10:38 PM CDT | Updated Oct 25, 2012 12:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – Pablo Sandoval made this one easy for the San Francisco Giants. He hit three home runs in his first three at-bats as the Giants cruised to an 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game One of the World Series tonight. Sandoval is just the fourth player in history to homer three times in a championship game—Albert Pujols last year, and gents by the name of Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth before that. He added a single later to go 4-for-4. Bleacher Report has more on his feat, and it notes that Sandoval had just 12 homers in the regular season.

San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval reacts after hitting a home run during the fifth inning.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval reacts at home after hitting his third home run of the game during the fifth inning.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera reacts on the bench during the fifth inning.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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