Astros win World Series Game 7 by a 5-1 score over Dodgers
November 02, 2017 9:18 AM
by Mark Mayer
The Houston Astros won Game 7 by a 5-1 score over Los Angeles to capture their first-ever World Series title when all the trends pointed the Dodgers’ way.
Of the 14 teams to win a Game 6 at home entering Game 7, only twice did the home team not win. Make that 3 in 15. That’s the way things went in a wild and wacky World Series that set all-time betting records in Las Vegas books.
The Dodgers were -160 favorites in most places to win the Series prior to Game 1 and went off as -155 chalk for the deciding Game 7. But the Astros got the early jump on LA and starter Yu Darvish, opening up a 5-0 lead in the first two innings.
Series MVP George Springer was 2-for-4 with a double and a homer, which chased Darvish in the second inning. Springer set an all-time postseason record with 29 total bases and homered in each of the last four games.
Charlie Morton was brilliant in relief, not allowing a baserunner over the final three innings and was given the win. Springer led off the game with a double and would later score on a throwing error. Alex Bregman would score the second run of the first inning on a groundout by Jose Altuve. It would be the only runs the Astros would need.
In the second inning Brian McCann scored on a groundout by starting pitcher Lance McCullers, but it was Springer’s two-run homer which broke the game open. Darvish, a big midseason addition by Los Angeles, finished with 1 2/3 innings pitched and four earned runs.
Clayton Kershaw pitched four scoreless innings of relief which will beg the question why Dodgers manager Dave Roberts did not start his ace lefty.
LA will have a lot of time to answer that one.
The lone Dodgers run came in the sixth inning on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Andre Ethier. The Astros set a record for the most home runs hit in a World Series with 15, while Springer tied the record for most homers in a World Series with five.