SAN FRANCISCO – It was supposed to be the Justin Verlander Show.
But the stage, the final act, and the curtain call belonged to Pablo Sandoval.
The “Kung Fu Panda” had one of those historic World Series nights — three homers in the first five innings (four hits overall) — in the San Francisco Giants’ 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 before 42,855 at AT&T Park.
The Giants’ lovable, overweight third baseman hit a solo homer to right-center off Verlander with two outs in the first inning to give the Giants a 1-0 lead, then in the third he homered to left with Marco Scutaro (two hits, two RBIs) aboard to give the Giants a 4-0 lead.
In the fifth, Sandoval socked a solo homer to center against off reliever Al Alburquerque, making it 6-0.
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