Astros capture Game 7, win first World Series

The Houston Astros finally won their first World Series title by outlasting the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in the deciding Game 7 on Wednesday night.

The Astros started to smell a breakthrough in the first inning when George Springer walked up to the play. After eight pitches, Springer doubled into the left-field corner on a 1-1 slider, then scored when first baseman Cody Bellinger threw away Alex Bregman’s little bouncer. Bregman stole third and scored on another grounder.

Springer faced Yu Darvis again in the top of the second inning as the score was at 3-0. With two outs, a runner on and LA manager Dave Roberts allowed Darvish to take on Springer.

Darvish was on the defensive when he fell behind with two balls. Darvish threw a 96 mph fastball, his 47th of Game 7, and Springer hit a 438-foot home run that put the Astros 5-0.

“I remember swinging and hearing the sound of the bat. I knew it was a good sound,” Springer said. “Then I saw the flight of the ball. And I got to first base and I rounded third, and got home and that’s a crazy feeling. It’s a very surreal feeling because this is Game 7.”

Though there were seven innings left to catch up, the Dodgers failed to launch a comeback.

The Astros won Game 2, 3, 5 and 7 to bring home their first World Series Championships.

The Astros won 101 times this year to take the American League West, then won Games 6 and 7 at home in the AL Championship Series against the New York Yankees. The Astros joined the 1985 Royals as the only clubs to win a pair of Game 7s in the same year.

“We’re coming home a champion, Houston,” Springer said after receiving the World Series MVP trophy named this year for Willie Mays.

Charlie Morton got the win as he pitched four innings, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 SO, 1 BB.

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