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Astros win 1st World Series crown, leading Dodgers 5-1 in Video game 7


Matt Slocum/ AP Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann jumps in the arms of starting pitcher Charlie Morton after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3.

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LOS ANGELES– From laughingstock to lift off.

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

Betting a city still recuperating from Hurricane Harvey, and using an H Strong logo design on their jerseys, the Astros brought home the reward that had avoided them because they started in 1962 as the Colt.45 s.

For a Series that was shaping up as an October classic, Video game 7 rapidly ended up being a November car as Houston scored 5 runs in the very first 2 innings off an inefficient Yu Darvish. Hardly the enjoyment fans felt throughout the Cubs’ 10-inning thriller in Cleveland last fall.

Well, other than for everybody wearing intense orange.

Jose Altuve, one of 4 carry-overs from a club that lost an embarrassing 111 times in 2013 after changing from the NL to the AL, and this collection of young stars silenced Dodger Arena from the start. Charlie Morton ended up with 4 outstanding innings of relief for the win.

Springer led off the night with a double against Darvish, and quickly it was 2-0.

Springer struck his fifth homer– connecting the Series mark set by Reggie Jackson and matched by Chase Utley– when he linked for a record 4th game in a row, making it 5-0 in the 2nd.

That was plenty for Astros supervisor A.J. Hinch. He pulled starter Lance McCullers Jr. soon after the curveballer crazily put his 4th batter of the video game, and started a bullpen parade of four relievers that kept the lead.

Forever understood for their space-age Astrodome, outlandish rainbow jerseys and a handful of heartbreaking playoff losses, these Astros will be kept in mind as champions, finally, in their 56th season.

The club that wears a star on its hat also filled out the Texas trophy case. Groups from the Lone Star State had actually won most every major crown– Super Bowl, NBA and NHL titles, champions in college football, and guys’s and women’s hoops– except the World Series.

Built on the skills of homegrown All-Stars Carlos Correa, Dallas Keuchel and more, and enhanced by the slick trade for Justin Verlander, general supervisor Jeff Luhnow finished the climb that some forecasted.

Famously, now, there was the Sports Illustrated cover in 2014– after Houston had lost more than 100 video games for three straight years– that proclaimed: “Your 2017 World Series Champs” and included an image of Springer in a bright Astros jersey.

Houston won 101 times this year to take the AL West, then won Games 6 and 7 at home in the AL Champion Series. The Astros signed up with the 1985 Royals as the only clubs to win a set of Game 7s in the same year.

For the Dodgers, the mission to win a Series for the first time because 1988 fell short. They led the majors with 104 wins and a $240 million payroll, yet it didn’t pay off for part-owner Magic Johnson or supervisor Dave Roberts.

Long time ace Clayton Kershaw offered 4 nothing innings of relief for Los Angeles, however it was far too late. Exactly what the Dodgers really required was a much better starter than Darvish, somebody more like the lefty who threw out a ritualistic very first ball: the great Sandy Koufax.

After Springer lined a leadoff double, Alex Bregman hit a bouncer that first baseman Cody Bellinger tossed past Darvish for a mistake, permitting a run to score. Bregman strongly stole third and scored on Altuve’s grounder, and it was 2-0 after eight pitches.

A double by Marwin Gonzalez assisted set up perhaps McCullers’ most significant contribution, a slow grounder for his very first pro RBI. Springer followed with a no-doubt, two-run drive into the left-center field bleachers.

That was the Series-most 25th homer in a Major League Baseball season that set a record for crowning achievement. It was easily enough for the Astros to offset pinch-hitter Andre Ethier’s RBI single in the Los Angeles sixth.

Just once have the Dodgers clinched a crown in the house, that being available in 1963 when Koufax outpitched Yankees star Whitey Ford to end up a sweep. They have actually never won Video game 7 of the Fall Timeless at their own park, dating more than a century earlier to their days on the streets of Brooklyn as the Trolley Dodgers.

As pockets of Houston fans got louder and louder in the later innings, the crowd at Dodger Arena was delegated repeat the unfortunate, but enthusiastic cry that used to echo in Brooklyn: Wait till next year.

Just 106 days till pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

Game 2: Astros leading Dodgers in thrilling home run derby


Alex Gallardo/ AP Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve is praised by Carlos Correa after striking a home run during the 10th inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles.

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LOS ANGELES– George Springer circled the bases after hitting a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy in the 11th inning.

Would it suffice? Was this the last plot twist in among the wildest World Series games ever?

Yes, it was– hardly– and the Houston Astros won a World Series game for the first time in their 56-season history.

Charlie Culberson struck a two-out homer in the bottom half off winner Chris Devenski, who then struck out Yasiel Puig in a nine-pitch at-bat. The Astros outlived the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in a Hollywood thriller Wednesday night to tie the Series at one game apiece.

On a night of remarkable swings and a World Series-record 8 crowning achievement, Marwin Gonzalez stunned the Dodger Arena crowd with a solo shot off dominant better Kenley Jansen in the ninth that made it 3-all.

Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa struck successive crowning achievement versus Josh Fields in the 10th to develop a 5-3 Astros lead.

But there was more. Much, much more.

Puig homered off Ken Giles beginning the bottom of the 10th and Enrique Hernandez knotted ball game 5-5 with a two-out RBI single.

Devenski gone into and with Hernandez at second, a wild pickoff toss headed towards center field prior to it struck second base umpire Laz Diaz. An incredulous Hernandez put both hands on his head, unable to advance, and he was stranded when Chris Taylor flied out.

Cameron Maybin, who had entered in the 10th, singled leading off the 11th versus Brandon McCarthy, a surprise addition to the Dodgers’ World Series roster who was pitching for the very first time given that Oct. 1. Maybin took second and Springer struck a drive to center for a 7-5 lead, just the 3rd 11th-inning crowning achievement in the Series after shots by Kirby Puckett in 1991 and David Freese in 2011.

Devenski retired Corey Seager and Justin Turner on lineouts. Puig examined his swing on a 2-2 pitch– the Astros jumped when first base umpire Gerry Davis signified no swing– and Puig fouled off two more. Devenski threw his 5th straight changeup, and Puig swung over it as the Astros ran onto the field to commemorate.

After another steamy night in a Santa Ana heat wave, the series moves to Texas and resumes Friday at Houston’s Minute Housemaid Park, where the retractable roofing system has not been open for a game given that June 8. Lance McCullers Jr. begins for the Astros and Yu Darvish for the Dodgers, who got him from Texas at the July 31 trade due date.

Houston is 6-0 in the house in the postseason but just 1-7 on the roadway.

Murphy, Mets beat sleeping Dodgers 3-2 to reach NLCS vs. Cubs


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New york city Mets’ Daniel Murphy reacts with colleague Yoenis Cespedes, right, after hitting a crowning achievement during the sixth inning in Video game 5 of baseball’s National League Department Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles.

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LOS ANGELES– Daniel Murphy and the New york city Mets caught the L.a Dodgers resting.

Murphy stole an uncovered 3rd base and went on to score the tying run, then struck a go-ahead homer off Zack Greinke to lead the Mets over the Dodgers 3-2 Thursday night and into an NL Champion Series matchup with the Chicago Cubs.

New york city trailed 2-1 in the decisive Game 5 of the NL Department Series when, with 3 infielders on the best side and no one near third, Murphy walked to second on Lucas Duda’s fourth-inning walk and dashed to third. Travis d’Arnaud followed with a sacrifice fly.

Murphy homered in the sixth for a 3-2 lead. He went 3 for 3 versus Greinke, the Dodgers’ No. 2 ace who couldn’t stave off removal for the 2nd straight game. Murphy hit.333 in the series and homered three times off Greinke and Clayton Kershaw.

The Mets will host the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 on Saturday night. The two groups have actually never satisfied in the postseason.

Jacob deGrom enabled runners in his first five innings however just two runs– on RBI songs by Justin Turner and Andre Ethier that put the Dodgers ahead 2-1 in the very first. DeGrom (2-0), the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year with the long, shaggy hair, set out seven and strolled 3 to earn his second road win of the series.

Noah Syndergaard pitched the seventh in the novice’s very first major league relief appearance, and Jeurys Familia got the very first six-out save of his career. Familia retired pinch-hitter Chase Utley– who earned the Mets’ rage after his takeout slide broke shortstop Ruben Tejada’s leg in Game 2– on a flyout.

Using the 27th anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s World Series crowning achievement, Los Angeles failed to create a big drive, going 0 for 11 with runners in scoring positions.

In spite of a record $289 million payroll, the Dodgers stayed without a World Series title since 1988. Andre Ethier shouted at Dodgers supervisor Don Mattingly in the dugout in the 3rd.

Greinke (1-1) quit three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander, who led the majors with a 1.66 ERA, set out 9 and strolled one

Murphy doubled in the Mets’ very first run in the very first, but the Dodgers went ahead with four consecutive songs in the bottom half.

L.a failed to capitalize with two runners on in the second and 3rd. After Justin Turner led off the 3rd inning with a double, Ethier followed with a popup to left.

Ethier returned the dugout and started yelling at Mattingly while at the same time bowing out him. Mattingly followed, and twice Ethier turned towards Mattingly and yelled at him while gesturing madly with his arms, pointing two times at the field and twice straight at Mattingly.

Ethier stayed in the video game and went out to best field for the fourth.

Turner had a pair of doubles, offering him a franchise playoff-record six in one series.

The Dodgers’ was up to 4-1 in elimination playoff games since transferring to Los Angeles in 1958.

Los Angeles got bounced out of the playoffs for the third straight year on a night when nostalgia ruled Dodger Stadium. Video of Gibson’s remarkable two-out, pinch-hit winning home run against Oakland was shown on the video board prior to the video game and Orel Hershiser, ace of the 1988 World Series title group, tossed out the ritualistic very first pitch.