Houston Astros win World Series for first time in franchise history

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In one of the most exciting 7-game baseball duels in recent memory, the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday night to take home the franchise’s first World Series title since its inception in 1962.

On the backs of their three young stars, CF George Springer, 2B Jose Altuve and SS Carlos Correa, the Astros took game 7 by a margin of 5-1, making it the most lopsided game in an otherwise nail-biter series.

The Astros were a powerhouse all year, but the team surely dug a little deeper to bring a title to a city still hurting from the fallout from Hurricane Harvey.

Springer, the World Series Most Valuable Player, bounced back from taking that Game 1 golden sombrero to hit .379 with three doubles, five homers, seven RBI and eight runs scored. His eight extra-base hits stand as a World Series record, surpassing Willie Stargell’s seven in the 1979 Series. His five homers tied the New York Yankees Reggie Jackson (1977) and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Chase Utley (2009) as the most ever in a Fall Classic. And he became the first player ever to homer in four consecutive World Series games.

“This was a great series between two 100-win teams, two great teams, two great offenses, two great defenses, two great pitching staffs,” Springer said. “The wildness of this series, the wackiness of this series, the emotional ups and downs…being able to play in this was something I’ll never forget.”

Nor will anyone associated with the Astros or the city of Houston. Together, Springer and the Astros started in a hole, and together, they roared back by playing some of the best baseball you’ll ever see.

“Incredible,” Astros Hall of Famer Craig Biggio said, standing near his buddy Bagwell on the Dodger Stadium infield. “Watching the growing pains. We weren’t good, we stocked up on No. 1 picks, and now you [see] them all over the field.

“From an organizational standpoint, from the city’s standpoint, speaking as someone who lives in Texas…this is a big deal.”

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