Giants win World Series

The Giants are the first NL team to win three World Series in five years since the 1942, 1944, 1946 St. Louis Cardinals. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants are World Series champions again.

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner threw five scoreless innings of relief on two days’ rest Wednesday in a 3-2 Game 7 victory against the Kansas City Royals to win the World Series. His MVP performance that gave the Giants their third championship in five years and came three days after he threw 117 pitches in a four-hit shutout to win Game 5.

Bumgarner threw 68 pitches Wednesday, retiring 14 in a row at one point and lowering his career World Series ERA to a stunning 0.25. He initially was credited with the win, but it was later changed to a save.

“I wasn’t thinking about innings or pitch count,” Bumgarner said. “I was just thinking about getting outs, getting outs, until I couldn’t get them anymore and we needed someone else.”

Bumgarner allowed two hits, struck out four and walked none.

“Yeah, it was hopeless,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. The Royals had been seeking their first World Series title since 1985.