The San Francisco Giants won their first World Series in over fifty years as a 3-1 defeat of the Texas Rangers in game five sealed a 4-1 overall victory.
Edgar Renteria’s three-run homer in Arlington, Texas, clinched the triumph.
Shortstop Renteria, later named the Most Valuable Player of the series, connected at the top of the seventh to help claim baseball’s Fall Classic.
Renteria, 35, is no stranger to World Series heroics having also delivered the winning hit for the Florida Marlins in game seven of the 1997 World Series.
«I appreciate the organisation because they have patience in me and I told myself to keep working.»
Singles to centre by Cody Ross and Juan Uribe began that inning and a sacrifice bunt moved them to second and third.
With the infield drawn in, Lee struck out Pat Burrell for the second out and appeared on the verge of escaping the jam.
But on a 2-0 pitch and with first base open, Lee hung a cutter up high to Renteria, who made the most of the mistake by driving the ball over the wall left of centre field to clear the bases for a 3-0 lead.
After securing a play-off berth on the last day of the regular season, the Giants beat the Atlanta Braves and then eliminated the twice-defending NL champions Philadelphia Phillies to reach the World Series.
«I couldn’t be prouder,» said winning manager Bruce Bochy. «That just goes to show what a team can do that plays with heart and determination.»
Starting pitcher Tim Lincecum was in dominant form for the Giants, pitching eight innings and allowing three hits and two walks while striking out 10.
He gave up a solo home run to Nelson Cruz in the seventh inning for the Rangers’ only score.
His Texas counterpart Cliff Lee was equally brilliant through six innings, matching Lincecum until the seventh.
«I congratulate the San Francisco Giants, they are truly the champions,» said Texas manager Ron Washington. «I’m very proud of my players. They played the game with passion.»
Former catcher Bochy played on a losing San Diego Padres team in the 1984 World Series and managed the Padres to a Series loss in 1998.