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    Giants pitcher Sergio Romo, left, is embraced by catcher Buster Posey on Sunday after striking out Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera in the 10th inning, giving San Francisco a 4-3 win and a World Series sweep at Detroit's Comerica Park.


    Susan Hansen, left, of Foster City and her sister, Carol Han- sen of San Francisco, spot ex-Giant Will Clark before Game 4.


    Ryan Theriot, left, who scored the go-ahead run, and Hunter Pence, both new to the Giants in 2012, celebrate their World Series win.


    World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval wipes away tears after the win. His historic three-homer night in Game 1 and .500 Series batting average were key for the Giants.


    Designated hitter Ryan Theriot slides past Tigers catcher Gerald Laird to score the tiebreaking run in the top of the 10th inning on Marco Scutaro's two-out single as umpire Brian O'Nora watches.


    Marco Scutaro caps his huge postseason by connecting for the decisive run-scoring single.


    DETROIT: Bundled up on a chilly night and proudly sporting their team's colors, Giants fans celebrate after San Francisco's extra-inning, Series-clinching triumph at Comerica Park.


    The Giants storm the mound Sunday, with pitcher Sergio Romo in the middle of the celebration, after winning the World Series by beating the Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings at Detroit's Comerica Park. The victory completed a four-game sweep. The Giants got stellar relief pitching and a game-winning hit from Marco Scutaro to capture their second title in three years.


    Matt Cain, goggles on and World Series trophy aloft, celebrates in the festive Giants locker room.

World Series sweep puts Giants on top of heap again

Published: Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013 - 7:45 pm

DETROIT – A Giants team for the ages won its second World Series title in three seasons by prevailing in a pulsating, extra-inning clincher by a razor-thin score of 4-3 over the heavily favored Detroit Tigers on Sunday – the final chapter in an improbable four-game Giants sweep.

Giants closer Sergio Romo struck out Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, considered by many the best hitter in the game, to capture baseball's golden trophy for San Francisco on a bitterly cold night of wind and rain at Comerica Park.

Romo was mobbed by teammates on the Comerica Park diamond as stunned Tigers fans sat in disbelief. But a hearty band of Giants followers celebrated the unprecedented success of these remarkable Giants.

Not since winning the World Series back to back in 1921 and 1922, when the Giants were based in New York, had this venerable baseball franchise won multiple titles in such a short period of time.

The Giants nearly left San Francisco twice, in 1976 and 1992, amid big losses on the field and to their bottom line.

Now, they are not only the kings of the baseball world – they are the rare elite franchise based on the West Coast.

"It seemed like all the pieces fit together," said Matt Cain, Sunday's starting pitcher. "Guys stepped up big."

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Marcos Breton, news columnist

Marcos Breton

Hello, my name is Marcos Breton and I'm the news columnist with The Sacramento Bee. What's a columnist supposed to do? I'm supposed to make you think, make you laugh, make you mad or make you see an issue in a different way. I'm supposed to connect the dots on issues, people and relationships that cause things to happen or prevent them from happening in our region. I also write a weekly baseball column during the baseball season. I am a voter in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Yes, I have voted for Barry Bonds - twice. I am a native of Northern California. I am the son of Mexican immigrants. I've been at The Bee for more than 20 years, and I love Sacramento.

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