Jeremy Guthrie pitched 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits on the night. Lorenzo Cain helped out Guthrie with 2 nice grabs in right field. Guthrie's counterpart Tim Hudson went 5.2 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, while striking out 2, and walking 1. Hudson gave up a leadoff double to Alcides Escobar in the 1st, and Escobar would score on a Cain groundout.
Alex Gordon also knocked in a run with a double, before Hosmer's RBI single in the 11th pitch of his at-bat against Javier Lopez. It was Hosmer's 1st career World Series hit, on his 25th birthday.
With the win, the Royals move to 5-0 on the road this postseason, and snap the Giants' 6-game World Series winning streak. It was the Giants' first World Series loss since 2002 against the Los Angeles Angels. The Royals also now have the 3rd highest win percentage in the postseason in the Wild Card era, trailing just the 2005 Chicago White Sox, and the 1999 New York Yankees.
Kelvin Herrera, Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland combined for the 4 hitless innings, which is the most in the World Series in 22 years. Guthrie and Hudson retired a combined 20 in a row at one point, which was the most in the World Series since Don Larsen and Sal Maglie retired 23 in a row in 1956.
The Royals can put the Giants in a big hole in game 4 Saturday night at 8 p.m. EST. Jason Vargas will go for Kansas City, after he pitched in the ALCS clincher against the Baltimore Orioles. He will be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong for San Francisco, who is the 1st pitcher to allow no more than 1 run in his first 5 postseason starts. In World Series history, when the series is tied 1-1, the game 3 winner has gone on to win in 37 of the 56 instances, and 4 of the last 5.