Colombia’s Edgar Rentería lifts Giants to World Series title

WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – Edgar Rentería blasted a three-run home run in the seventh inning to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers in Game 5 to clinch the city’s first World Series title on Nov. 1 in Arlington, Texas.

Rentería, a 35-year-old native of Barranquilla, Colombia, was named Most Valuable Player of the World Series, becoming just the fifth shortstop in major league history to win the award.

Rentería went 7-for-17 at the plate, a .412 average, with two home runs and six runs batted-in.

Rentería delivered an offering from Texas pitcher Cliff Lee over the left-center field fence to provide all of the Giants’ runs with one swing. San Francisco hadn’t won the World Series since 1954, four years before they moved to San Francisco from New York.

“I told myself to keep working hard and keep in shape because something is going to be good this year,” he told reporters after the game.

But providing a clutch hit to win a World Series title is nothing new for Rentería. His 11th-inning single capped Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, giving the Florida Marlins their first World Series title with a win over the Cleveland Indians.

Rentería joined baseball icons Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra as the only players to drive in championship-clinching runs in two World Series.

[ESPN.com (United States), 01/11/2010; The Associated Press (United States), 01/11/2010]

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  • smaillin jose uribe martinez | 2011-06-01

    All I can say to you is God bless you so much for your achievements and efforts you make because he who works hard the way you have always done deserves it, onward my brother and may God keep you and your family amen.

  • Edusarme | 2010-11-08

    Given that Edgar is a spectacular person and is still very young he is going to win another World Series with whichever Team has him. If he made two unstoppable hits with a torn bicep it is likely that with good treatment and a good team that wants to learn and support him like a great leader he will be able to achieve it. You are Colombian: we will be able to win; when we don't say anything they think we can't do it but we are overflowing with ability if not, tell Bond to do what you did. Keep it up, Niño