Nationals beat Astros to win maiden World Series title

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The Nationals rallied late - their record fifth comeback win in a potential elimination game this postseason - to beat the Astros 6-2 in a World Series where the visiting team won every game.

The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros, 6-2, at Minute Maid Park in Houston to cap one of the more odd and improbable World Series on record. "What they accomplished this year hasn't been accomplished in a very, very long time".

The Nationals entered the seventh inning trailing by two runs, but Anthony Rendon hit a solo home run to cut the deficit in half.

"It's just surreal - and to be able to do it with this group of guys is something special", said Strasburg, who earned wins on the road in both his starts, including a do-or-die Game Six.

As valiant as Scherzer's effort was, though, he was clearly operating at a significantly lower level of effectiveness than usual, and manager Dave Martinez still let him slog through 103 pitches over five innings. "And we fell one win shy", he said. "And I just told our team, it's hard to put into words and remember all the good that happened because right now we feel as bad as you can possibly feel".

"Guess what? We stayed in the fight. Everybody gave it their all".

Corbin pitched two more innings, holding the Astros scoreless in the seventh and eighth.

Barely had the crowd sat down after affording Greinke a standing ovation when Will Harris relieved him and 36-year-old Howie Kendrick - who had shocked the Dodgers with a 10th-inning grand slam - pinged a two-run home run off the right-field foul pole.

Washington kept pulling away after taking the lead, with Adam Eaton's two-run single in the ninth accounting for the final margin.

The Astros, who led the majors with 107 wins during the regular season, were undeniably wasteful, stranding 10 runners on base, especially when they had excellent chances to build a big lead. The Astros started with Zack Greinke and the Nationals countered with Max Scherzer.

Greinke also had five assists, including one where he started a double play. "He was in complete control of the game".

"What a story", said Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals' initial draft pick back in 2005. We repeatedly saw that throughout the season from Altuve's home run to clinch the AL Pennant, to Bregman's grand slam in D.C. "He was available, and I felt it was a game that he was going to come in had we tied it or taken the lead".



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