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A 21-year-old rookie, Madison Bumgarner(notes) became the fourth-youngest pitcher to win a World Series game by tossing eight shutout innings and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 victory against the Texas Rangers on Sunday night.

San Francisco leads the best-of-seven set 3-1 and, with Tim Lincecum(notes) on the mound against Cliff Lee(notes), can clinch its first championship since 1954 with a victory Monday night. 

Aubrey Huff(notes) hit a two-run homer in the third and Buster Posey(notes) — another rookie — capped the scoring with a solo homer in the eighth. Andres Torres(notes) and Edgar Renteria(notes) had three hits apiece for the Giants, who benched slumping sluggers Pat Burrell(notes) and Pablo Sandoval(notes) in favor of a better defensive lineup.

The Giants didn't much offense to support Bumgarner, who was trying to become the first rookie to throw a complete-game shutout in the World Series in 62 years — since Cleveland Indians left-hander Gene Bearden.

Bumgarner, though, was lifted in the ninth for closer Brian Wilson(notes) after throwing 106 pitches. He allowed three hits, two walks and struck out six.

The Giants shut out the Rangers, the fifth-highest scoring team in the majors during the regular season, for the second time in the Series. 

Huff told Fox TV's Ken Rosenthal that Bumgarner acts much more mature than most 21-year-olds.

"Doesn't show, does it? ... This kid is fearless, man," Huff said. "It doesn't seem like he's ever nervous."

In case you missed Huff's homer, here's another look, along with the reaction from teammate Freddy Sanchez(notes):

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