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Defense, bullpen help Royals to 2-1 lead

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) All season long and deep into October, the Kansas City Royals have relied on their winning formula of fundamental baseball: sparkling defense, a dominant bullpen and just enough timely hitting.

It won them a wild card and the American League pennant. And now, it has manager Ned Yost and his team on top in the World Series.

Jeremy Guthrie outpitched fellow Series newcomer Tim Hudson, four Royals relievers combined on four hitless innings and Kansas City beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night for a 2-1 lead in the Fall Classic.

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Rank Name  Svs
1 F. Rodney, Sea48
2 G. Holland, KC46
3 D. Robertson, NYY39
4 Z. Britton, Bal37
5 J. Nathan, Det35
6 G. Perkins, Min34
7 K. Uehara, Bos26
8 C. Janssen, Tor25
9 C. Allen, Cle24
10 S. Doolittle, Oak22
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NL Saves
Rank Name  Svs
1 C. Kimbrel, Atl47
2 T. Rosenthal, StL45
3t K. Jansen, LAD44
3t F. Rodriguez, Mil44
5t S. Cishek, Mia39
5t J. Papelbon, Phi39
7 A. Chapman, Cin36
8 M. Melancon, Pit33
9t A. Reed, Ari32
9t R. Soriano, Was32
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