Members of the San Francisco Giants celebrate on the field after game four of the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. The Giants won 4-3 to sweep the series. (H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports)
DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - The Detroit Tigers' 2012 season is over.
They trailed twice and came back twice, but Ryan Theriot's run in the 10th inning delivered the San Francisco Giants their second World Series title in the past three years.
The Giants, courtesy of Marco Scutaro's single off Phil Coke, sank the Tigers for good on Sunday night at Comerica Park, 4-3, to complete the four-game sweep.
Theriot reached base on a bloop single to lead-off the 10th and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt.
After Coke struck out Angel Pagan, Scutaro singled in front of Austin Jackson, scoring Theriot.
As the game-winning run, Theriot becomes the sixth player in Major League history to win back-to-back World Series with two different teams.
Coke struck out the side in the ninth before allowing the pair of hits in the 10th.
For the second time in two days, Sergio Romo picked up the save with a 1-2-3 inning in the home half of the 10th.
Giants' third baseman Pablo Sandoval was named World Series MVP afterwards.
The Giants opened the scoring in the second, when Hunter Pence doubled to left-center followed by Brandon Belt tripling into the right-field corner.
With the infield in, Scherzer retired Gregor Blanco on a groundout to second and Ryan Theriot on a flyout to right field to escape further damage.
The Tigers responded two innings later, when, with first base open and two outs, Giants' manager Bruce Bochy elected to pitch to Miguel Cabrera, who snapped out of his World Series funk by driving a 1-1 pitch from Matt Cain into the wind and over the right-field fence for a 2-1 Tigers' lead.
But three innings later, the lead was gone when Buster Posey pulled a home run inside the left field foul pole for a two-run homer, to give the Giants a 3-2 lead in the sixth.
The Giants second lead of the game, however, was short-lived, after Delmon Young hit another ball into the right-field jet stream for another postseason home run.
Young's solo shot came with two outs.
Scherzer and Cain each cashed in solid performances, but didn't factor into the decision.
Scherzer pitched 6 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits, while striking out eight and walking one.
Cain pitched seven innings. He allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking two.
Rookie Drew Smyly took the baton from Scherzer in the seventh and retired one batter before Jim Leyland summoned veteran Octavio Dotel from the bullpen.
Dotel was flawless in 1 1/3 innings. He allowed no hits, struck out one and walked one.
Phil Coke then struck out the side in the ninth inning, the Tigers went quietly in the ninth - Omar Infante's hit-by-pitch on the right wrist was their only baserunner - before the Giants tacked on the winning run in the 10th.
Once again, the Tigers were out-hit by the Giants, this time 9-5, and once again, Prince Fielder struggled at the plate, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Infante fractured a bone in his left hand on the hit-by-pitch and would have missed the rest of the Series.
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