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Red Sox win World Series
The Boston Red Sox claim their second World Series title in four years.
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2007 13:09 GMT

Time for a group hug: The Boston Red Sox celebrate their title [GALLO/GETTY]

The Boston Red Sox have completed a clean sweep to claim their second World Series title in four years with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies in Game 4.
 
The victory may not have had the drama of their 2004 victory were they ended their 86-year championship drought by beating St. Louis, but it still meant a lot to the players.
"This team's got a lot of heart," Red Sox captain Jason Varitek said.
 
"We worked really hard. We just beat a very, very good team, an excellent team. We had to do the little things."

After rallying from a 3-1 deficit against Cleveland in the American League championship series, the Red Sox won seven straight games to lift their seventh World Series crown.

The Rockies, who won a remarkable 21 of 22 games to get this far, were merely spectators in the end.

They rallied when Brad Hawpe homered in the seventh inning and Garrett Atkins hit a two-run shot in the eighth but it all that came too late.

Boston’s Jon Lester, who was undergoing chemotherapy at this time last year for cancer, pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and Jonathan Papelbon closed with his third save of the Series.

Lowell wins MVP

Mike Lowell won the MVP award, and there were plenty of candidates.

Especially in a year in which Japanese stars Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima helped put the world in World Series.

Jonathan Papelbon: 'It's just phenomenal'
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"It took all 25 of us to get the job done," Red Sox relief pitcher Johnathan Papelbon said.

"It's just phenomenal."
 
Lowell led a team that hit .333 in the Series with a home run, double and headfirst slide to score a run.

Rookie Jacoby Ellsbury got it started with a leadoff double.

Coors Field was filled with Red Sox fans, many of them brazenly waving brooms they might have brought from the Green Monster seats at Fenway Park.

The celebrations started early, with converted DH Ortiz raising his hand after a nice scoop at first base, and Lester pumping his fist after a key strikeout.

Of the seven postseason series this year, five ended in sweeps.

The Rockies' last chance to avoid it came in the ninth, when Jamey Carroll flied out to the wall for the second out in the ninth.

Rockies fans spent part of the night trying to outshout hundreds of Red Sox followers, Boston folks apparently figured how to cut through Colorado's online ticket mixup.

The crowd in purple hollered louder, but that's the only matchup Colorado won this week.

In every other phase, Boston was better.

Ace Josh Beckett dominated in Game 1, relievers Papelbon and Okajima closed out Game 2 and rookies Dustin Pedroia, Matsuzaka and Ellsbury starred in Game 3.

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