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ARLINGTON, Texas --- The rookie pitched way beyond his years, sending a shudder through Rangers Ballpark.

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San Francisco Giant Madison Bumgarner pitches to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of Game 4 of baseball's World Series Sunday.  David J. Phillip/Associated Press
David J. Phillip/Associated Press
San Francisco Giant Madison Bumgarner pitches to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of Game 4 of baseball's World Series Sunday.

Madison Bumgarner, a former Augusta GreenJacket, dominated for eight innings, Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey homered and the San Francisco Giants put on a fielding clinic in Game 4, beating Texas 4-0 on Sunday night to move within one win of that elusive World Series title.

Bumgarner allowed only three hits and took the crowd in Arlington out the game.

"I can't say enough about what he did," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Ace Tim Lincecum will try tonight to deliver the Giants' first championship since they moved to San Francisco in 1958. Now it's up to Cliff Lee to save the Rangers' season in Game 5.

The 21-year-old Bumgarner and closer Brian Wilson, another former GreenJacket, helped the Giants become the first team to post two shutouts in a World Series since Baltimore threw three in a row to close out the Dodgers in 1966.

"I thought the pitching was the thing tonight," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "And their defense."

Huff's two-run homer in the third gave Bumgarner all the support he needed. Posey added a solo shot in the eighth -- Bumgarner and Posey became the first rookie battery to start in the Series since Spec Shea and Yogi Berra for the Yankees in 1947.

Even though Bumgarner got relief help, it was a complete game for the Giants. Andres Torres and Edgar Renteria each got three hits and their teammates made almost every play in the field.

Make it great D in Big D.

Left fielder Cody Ross came up with a shoestring catch, second baseman Freddy Sanchez made a leaping grab and Posey threw out Josh Hamilton trying to steal. Bumgarner helped himself, too, knocking down Hamilton's scorcher up the middle.

Bumgarner didn't permit a runner past first base until the seventh. Facing his only jam, he retired Ian Kinsler on a fly ball to strand two runners and preserve a 3-0 lead.

Bumgarner struck out Vladimir Guerrero three times, the first time the star Texas designated hitter had done that this season.

Wilson closed with a hitless ninth.

The Giants tweaked their lineup, benching strikeout machine Pat Burrell and making Huff the designated hitter for the first time this season.

Bochy put Nate Schierholtz in right field and Travis Ishikawa at first base -- fine fielders, not great hitters.

World Series

GAME 1: Giants 11, Rangers 7

GAME 2: Giants 9, Rangers 0

GAME 3: Rangers 4, Giants 2

GAME 4: Giants 4, Rangers 0

TODAY: Giants (Lincecum 16-10) at Rangers (Lee 12-9), 7:57 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Rangers at Giants, 7:57 p.m.*

THURSDAY: Rangers at Giants, 7:57 p.m.*

*If necessary Games on Fox


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