Boston Red Sox defeat Colorado Rockies, 2-1

He endeared himself to New England last spring when he modestly let it be known he was willing to be a "hero in the dark." But last night, in the brightest lights that baseball can offer, the shadows fell away forever for Hideki Okajima.

The 31-year-old reliever spawned concerns last month that he might not make it to the finish line of a season as demanding as any he had ever pitched. Those fears proved unfounded last night in Game 2 of the 103d World Series, as Oka...