Red Sox Short Hops: Game 4
Home runs help bring World Series title back to Boston
DENVER -- Fielding the Red Sox's World Series-clinching 4-3 win in Game 4 on a short hop ...In < 25 words ...
Jacoby Ellsbury put the Red Sox ahead early, and Jon Lester grinded out innings from there. Homers from Mike Lowell and Bobby Kielty helped seal it. Frozen moment
Lowell, making his second unlikely baserunning play in as many nights, went wide on his way to home plate and dove headfirst, sliding around catcher Yorvit Torrealba's tag to give Boston a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. Big number
3 -- Actually, it's a small number, representing the Red Sox's home run total for the series. The fact that Boston scored so many runs without homers made a statement about the Sox's balance this postseason. Game balls
Simply getting here from his battle with cancer a year ago was a real-life victory, but his performance earned him the clinching win. He wasn't overpowering, but he kept the Rockies off balance for 5 2/3 scoreless innings. The trio of Troy Tulowitzki, Matt Holliday and Todd Helton went a combined 1-for-9 against Lester, putting just two balls in play out of the infield.
The one final rally the Rockies got going was quickly put out by Timlin. Showing some lower-90s life in his fastball, Timlin was very little about trickery and very much about location on back-to-back strikeouts of Kaz Matsui and Tulowitzki.
If this ends up being the last game in a Red Sox uniform for the pending free agent, he went out with his typical hard-nosed, clutch play, then went out of the yard. His leadoff double set up his crafty slide for a run in the fifth before his seventh-inning leadoff homer added what ended up being a critical insurance tally.
Sense of October
Rarely would a situation come up for manager Terry Francona to hold Kevin Youkilis on the bench as a defensive replacement. Yet with the pitcher's spot leading off the eighth and a two-run lead to protect, Francona turned to Bobby Kielty, not Youkilis, to pinch-hit. Kielty hit the first pitch out to left, and the Red Sox's dugout went nuts.
1 AB, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Comment: Not bad for his lone appearance in this World Series.
0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 Ks
Comment: Timlin's shutdown work in the seventh ensured that Boston wouldn't have to stretch out Hideki Okajima, which in Sunday's case was a good thing.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.