DENVER (AP) -Bobby Kielty swerved left and dodged right, trying to avoid direct hits from the spraying bubbly.
His Boston teammates were ganging up on him in a corner. For a moment, he wondered why he was the target.
Oh, right. He delivered a key hit to help the Red Sox beat Colorado 4-3 Sunday night for a World Series sweep.
Kielty became an unlikely star with a pinch-hit solo home run in the eighth inning for a 4-1 lead. It was his only at-bat of the Series.
``I still can't believe this,'' he said. ``It's just an amazing feeling.''
Kielty said he tried to stay focused in case he was called on late. He had only stepped up to the plate five times in the entire postseason coming into Game 4.
When Kielty got the call to face Brian Fuentes, he had only one thought: Take a good whack.
``I didn't want to not swing,'' he said. ``I told myself to be aggressive. This was such a great moment for myself.''
Red Sox ace Curt Schilling won his third World Series title, second with Boston. He said he especially enjoyed seeing all different players contribute, with Jon Lester getting the win and Kielty coming through in the clutch.
``The fun in this is that Jon pitches the clincher and Bobby literally hits the game-winning home run,'' Schilling said. ``It was fun to watch and fun to be a part of.''
The homer was Kielty's first since Aug. 26 against the White Sox.
Kielty began the season with Oakland, but was released on July 31. He signed with Boston six days later and played 10 games with Triple-A Pawtucket before making his debut with the Red Sox on Aug. 19, going 2-for-3 against the Los Angeles Angels.
``Coming from where I did, this is unbelievable,'' he said. ``I didn't know what was going to happen after I got released. I didn't expect this. I can't believe it.''
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COOPERSTOWN COLLECTION: The Hall of Fame picked up a nifty collection of artifacts from the World Series.
Among the items donated to Cooperstown were MVP Mike Lowell's cap, Jonathan Papelbon's glove from Game 4, Daisuke Matsuzaka's spikes from Game 3 and a Todd Helton jersey from earlier in the Series. Plus, a special souvenir from Coors Field: a ball straight from the park's humidor.
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BARGAIN BUBBLY: The Boston Red Sox spent $51.1 million just to speak with Daisuke Matsuzaka, but they saved some money in their World Series celebration.
No champagne from France for this sprayathon. The Red Sox chose to douse themselves with Domaine Ste. Michelle Cuvee Brut from Columbia Valley in Washington state. In most places, it retails for about $7 a bottle.
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GRIN AND BEAR IT: Todd Helton tried to put on a brave face, but the series loss had him smarting.
``This hurts,'' said Helton, the face of the franchise in Colorado. ``There's no way around it. We came a long way not to finish it. This group of guys, they're unbelievable. I'm glad to say I was their teammate.''
Helton, the longest-tenured player in team history, had never tasted the postseason until this year. He had the third-most games of any active player without a playoff appearance, a distinction he was all too happy to snap.
He finished the series 5-for-15 with two doubles and one RBI.
Helton said that's not what he'll take away from the Rockies' unbelievable run to reach the postseason and the playoffs sweeps of Philadelphia and Arizona.
``I'll remember celebrating with my teammates after getting into the playoffs, and winning the divisional series, and going to the World Series,'' Helton said. ``Those are the things I'll remember. It will help me work hard this offseason, work hard in spring training and next year because you want to get that feeling again.''
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NO CONTROVERSY: No ball flap this time. When Jonathan Papelbon struck out Seth Smith to end the World Series, catcher Jason Varitek tucked the ball in his back pocket.
``I'll give it back to the team,'' the Red Sox captain said. ``Maybe we won't have a controversy this time.''
In 2004, first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz caught the final out, a grounder to pitcher Keith Foulke off the bat of the St. Louis Cardinals' Edgar Renteria. Mientkiewicz claimed the ball as his own, the Red Sox took him to court and it took 17 months to settle the dispute. After loaning the ball to the Red Sox for a year, Mientkiewicz gave it to the Hall of Fame.
Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said the team was prepared for this clincher.
``We have a club archivist who should be in here, should have retrieved it already,'' Lucchino said in the middle of the celebration in the visiting clubhouse in Coors Field. ``An archivist made an effort the last time, unsuccessfully. But I'm sure we'll be more successful.''
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AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.
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