THEY were almost down and out in all playoff games, but the San Francisco Giants are now the world champions after sweeping the Detroit Tigers 4-0 in the World Series.
The Giants won game four in 10 innings 4-3 at Detroit's Comerica Park to take their second World Series in three years.
It was designated hitter Ryan Theriot - a World Series winner with the St Louis Cardinals last year - who stole the headlines with a single in the 10th.
Brandon Crawford then hit a sacrifice to advance Theriot to second before he scored on a two-out single from Marco Scutaro.
"He's done a great job for us all year," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Theriot.
"He's battled right-handers well and he's an experienced veteran. He finds a way to get the bat on the ball."
The Giants had taken a 1-0 lead but the Tigers fought back thanks to a Miguel Cabrera home run.
The teams both hit home runs with Buster Posey's two-run hit giving the Giants a 3-2 lead in the sixth.
Delmon Young then smashed a homer in the bottom of the inning to level the scores.
The game remained tied until Theriot's intervention before closing pitcher Sergio Romo finished the job for the Giants.