By Larry Fine
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Madison Bumgarner's patience paid off Sunday as the San Francisco ace dominated Kansas City in a complete-game 5-0 shutout that moved the Giants one win away from another World Series title.
The big left-hander breezed through the contest, allowing just four hits and striking out eight to give San Francisco a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven series.
One day earlier, a report surfaced that Bumgarner had demanded to start Game Four on short rest rather than wait for Game Five, something the pitcher denied.
Adhering to the rotation plans worked wonders on Sunday and San Francisco's second straight victory gives them a chance to clinch the championship if they can win Game Six in Kansas City on Tuesday.
A triumph in either of the final two scheduled games would give San Francisco a third World Series championship in five years.
It was all made possible by the red-hot Bumgarner, who also frustrated the Royals in the series-opening win, and became the first pitcher to toss a complete-game shutout in the World Series since Josh Beckett in 2003.
The Giants took control in the second inning, scoring on a groundout from Brandon Crawford, who added RBIs in the fourth and the eighth as part of a productive night.
The home team then piled on three runs in the eighth, where Juan Perez hit a two-run double to send the AT&T Park crowd into a frenzy.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)