Edgar Renteria hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning as the San Francisco Giants won the World Series on Monday, beating the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a tense Game 5.
Tim Lincecum allowed just three hits over eight innings to help the Giants take the trophy home to San Francisco for the first time.
It was an overdue victory -- the Giants last wore the crown in 1954, four years before they moved west. So much for a franchise that never quite got it done in October despite the likes of baseball giants Willie Mays, Barry Bonds and Juan Marichal. It's November, and now new names stand tall in San Francisco.
Brian Wilson closed for a save, completing a surprising romp through the postseason for a pitching-rich team that waited until the final day to clinch a playoff spot.
Manager Bruce Bochy enjoys calling his Giants a ragtag bunch. Maybe Cody Ross, Aubrey Huff and Freddy Sanchez fit that description. But the foundation of this club -- for now, for the foreseeable future -- is totally home grown, built on a deep, talented and young rotation, a rookie catcher with huge star potential and their bearded closer.