-- 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.
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.
Lines of the Game
1 AB, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Not bad for his lone appearance in this World Series.
0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 Ks
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.