The Red Sox asked a lot of Koji Uehara in their six-game triumph over the Tigers in the American League Championship Series but time after time their seemingly unhittable closer proved he was up to the task.

Uehara was named the ALCS Most Valuable Player after picking up one win and three saves while striking out eight over six innings. He punctuated his dominant performance and kicked off a celebration throughout Boston by recording the final three outs in Boston's pennant-clinching 5-2 victory over Detroit at Fenway Park on Saturday night.

"All the credit goes to the staff to the players who supported me" Uehara said through a translator.

Asked whether he could feel the pressure of the moment the closer added "To tell you the truth I almost threw up."

The 38-year-old closer who entered this season with only 14 career saves was practically untouchable in the regular season posting a 1.09 ERA and 21 saves to go along with an 11.22 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Somehow he was even better in the ALCS.

Uehara struck out two in a scoreless inning of work in Game 1 tossed a perfect ninth in Game 2 to set up Jarrod Saltalamacchia's walk-off single and recorded the final four outs of the Red Sox's 1-0 win in Game 3 on Tuesday. He increased his workload again in Game 5 pitching 1 2/3 innings and striking out two as he picked up his second save of the ALCS.