Mitch Moreland batting in the bottom of the Rangers’ order worked Sanchez for nine pitches in his first at bat before crushing a 3-run home run. The second inning blast gave Texas and the sellout crowd at the Ballpark at Arlington some life after the Giants arrived on the scene up 2-0 in the series.
Josh Hamilton hit a solo home run in the fifth that spelled doom for Sanchez. A batter later he was pulled after 4 and 2/3rds innings.
"Sanchez was a pitch away from having a pretty good outing there," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
Cody Ross created a spark in the top of the seventh with a solo home run, but nothing caught fire for the rest of the inning. In the eighth inning, Andres Torres hit his own solo home run but the Giants couldn’t add any more during their second to last frame.
Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz worked the ninth shutting down the Giants while collecting his first save of the postseason. His first strikeout to start the inning was Pat Burrell.
“My night wasn’t good, it’s not exactly how you’d draw it up,” said Burrell, who struckout in each of his four at bats, adding, "I've picked a bad time to struggle."
"His timing is off probably a little bit, which happens," said Bochy of Burrell, adding, "It was a tough night for him, but he can handle it."
Game 4 is Sunday night with rookie Madison Bumgarner set to start for the Giants.