DETROIT --Gregor Blanco had said his World Series goal was to make a contribution "with my glove or with my bat."
Saturday, he did both.
Blanco delivered a run-scoring triple, scored the Giants' other run and made yet another sensational catch in the Game 3 victory.
"A game like this can go either way, and we got it done,'' Manager Bruce Bochy said. "Blanco had that huge hit and he played well defensively."
No home runs were hit for the second game in a row -- that hadn't happened since the 1996 Series -- but Blanco came closest when he blastied a ball to deep right-center field off Anibal Sanchez with one out and Hunter Pence at third base in the second inning.
Blanco's second triple of the postseason provided a 1-0 lead, which has looked insurmountable lately: The Giants are 9-1 in the postseason when scoring first.
After starting things, Blanco also helped finish them with a stellar catch to start the bottom of the ninth. Jhonny Peralta led off by hitting a deep fly ball down the left-field line. The ball tailed toward foul-territory before Blanco snared it just before running into the wall.
"I knew it was big to be able to get the first out. That's huge,'' Blanco said. "I think the Tigers have a great offense and they can change the game just like that."
"I'm humbled that Hank Aaron knows who I am," Posey said while sharing a stage with Aaron during a pregame ceremony. "Growing up in Georgia, he's a legend everywhere -- but even more so there."
Established in 1999, the Hank Aaron Award goes annually to the most outstanding offensive performer in each league. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera was the American League winner.
Posey led the majors with a .336 average and hit 24 home runs with 103 RBIs.
"You know how last year when you got hurt and everybody said, 'Is he going to come back?' " Aaron said. "You not only came back, but you won the batting crown and led your team to the World Series. "
The Hank Aaron Award is determined by a combination of a fan vote on MLB.com and a panel of Hall of Famers.
Sandoval is just two shy of the major league postseason record of 25 hits shared by Marquis Grissom (1995 Braves), Darin Erstad (2002 Angels) and David Freese (2011 Cardinals).
In 15 games this postseason, Sandoval is 23 for 61 with five doubles, six homers and 13 RBI.
With that caveat out of the way, he promptly heaped praise on Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Leyland's ode served as an anniversary toast of sorts: The Giants hired Bochy six years earlier, on Oct. 27, 2006.
"He's everything that's good about baseball managers," Leyland said before the game. "He does it the right way. You never hear Bruce Bochy boasting about himself or anything like that. He's terrific."
Bochy got just one at-bat, when manager Dick Williams summoned him to pinch hit for Bobby Brown with one out in the ninth inning of Game 5.
Bochy delivered a single to left off Willie Hernandez.
"What a thrill for any player when you get into the World Series for the first time," Bochy recalled Saturday.
Also, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune was elected vice president, putting him in line to become the association's first black president.
Staff writer Alex Pavlovic contributed to this report.