Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Astros Top Dodgers in Game 7 for First World Series Title

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Astros Top Dodgers in Game 7 for First World Series Title

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LOS ANGELES * George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.

Playing for a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and wearing an H Strong logo on their jerseys, the Astros brought home the prize that had eluded them since they started out in 1962 as the Colt .45s.

Springer led off the evening with a double against Yu Darvish, and soon it was 2-0. Springer hit his fifth homer tying the mark set by Reggie Jackson and matched by Chase Utley when he connected for a record fourth game in a row, making it 5-0 in the second inning.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch pulled starter Lance McCullers in the third soon after the curveballer crazily plunked his fourth batter of the game. Winner Charlie Morton pitched the final four innings.

The Astros chased Darvish in the second inning in building a 5-0 lead and bounced back from their Game 6 loss.

Houston took a 5-0 lead in the second inning with three runs off Darvish, capped by Springer's two-run homer. Astros starter McCullers Jr. also drove in a run with a groundout for Houston, attempting to win its first championship.

Springer homered in his fourth consecutive World Series game, becoming the first player in big-league history to accomplish the feat in a single postseason.

In the biggest start of his career, Darvish lasted only five outs just as he did in Game 3. The Japanese righthander is headed into unrestricted free agency after the worst World Series by a starting pitcher since 1960, when Art Ditmar lasted got just one out in each of his two starts for the Yankees against Pittsburgh.

The Dodgers had early chances and got two more runners on in the second against McCullers, but Chris Taylor lined out and Logan Forsythe was doubled up. Earlier, Houston went ahead after just four pitches and took a 2-0 lead after eight.

Springer lined a flat slider just inside the left-field foul line for a leadoff double, tying Willie Stargell's record of seven extra-base hits in a World Series, set in 1979.

Alex Bregman hit a grounder that first baseman Cody Bellinger gloved in front of second baseman Logan Forsythe. Needing to make an off-balance throw, Bellinger threw behind Darvish at first base, and the ball bounced into the Astros dugout as Springer scored.

Bregman wound up at second on the error, advanced to third on Houston's second stolen base of the Series and came home on Jose Altuve's grounder to first.

Yuli Gurriel was booed loudly again by Dodgers fans after his racist gesture at Darvish in Game 3, which led to a five-game suspension at the start of next season. Like Rich Hill the night before, Darvish stepped off the mound before Gurriel's opening plate appearance, allowing extra time for jeers. Gurriel hit an inning-ending flyout in a 13-pitch at-bat that raised Darvish's pitch count to 24. …

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