Nationals’ 7th inning rally clinches World Series title over Astros in Game 7


Washington Nationals’ Howie Kendrick hits a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of Game 7 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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HOUSTON (WFXR/AP) — Consider the fight finished and won.

In a World Series where every game was won by the road team, the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros, 6-2, in Game 7 to capture their first championship in franchise history and the first World Series title for the nation’s capital since the Senators won it in 1924.

Anthony Rendon homered off Zack Greinke and Howie Kendrick followed with a go-ahead, two-run drive against Will Harris in the seventh inning, giving the Nationals a 3-2 lead over the Houston Astros in Game 7.

Greinke cruised through six innings with a one-hit shutout, needing just 67 pitches

With Washington trailing 2-0, Rendon drove a changeup into the left-field Crawford boxes with one out in the seventh, then Juan Soto walked on five pitches.

Harris relieved and Kendrick swung past a curveball, then drove a cutter to the opposite field, where it hit off the screen attached to the right-field foul pole, stunning the crowd at Minute Maid Park.

Yuli Gurriel singled off Patrick Corbin with two outs in the bottom half but became the Astros’ 10th stranded runner when Yordan Álvarez grounded out.

The Washington Nationals added to their lead going into the ninth inning of Game 7 after another hit by their young slugger.

Juan Soto’s RBI single in the eighth inning extended Washington’s lead over the Houston Astros to 4-2.

With all eyes on Max Scherzer and his remarkable recovery after a painkilling injection, these Nationals embraced their shot in a Series when the road team won every game. Even more against the odds: Juan Soto and Washington rallied from behind to win five elimination games this postseason.

Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and the Nats brought the first World Series championship to the nation’s capital since ol’ Walter Johnson delivered the crown for the Senators in 1924.

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