THE HOUSTON ASTROS ARE WORLD SERIES CHAMPS! Here are the big plays and moments everybody will be talking about

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The Houston Astros are World Series champions for the first time in their 56-year history after they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in Game 7.

The Astros pounded Yu Darvish early, as they scored five runs in the first two innings and knocked Darvish out of the game. Clayton Kershaw came in and settled things down, pitching four scoreless innings, but it was too little, too late.

The big blow came from George Springer, who hit a two-run home run in the second inning that seemingly put the game away early. It was the fourth straight game in which Springer had homered.

At the other end, Charlie Morton pitched the final four innings for the Astros, allowing one run and retiring the final 11 batters he faced.

Below, we tracked the big plays and big scenes from the game. These are the moments everybody will be talking about Thursday and for years to come.


As if there weren’t enough pressure, the trophy is on the field before Game 7.

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David Ortiz was 0-for-6 predicting the winner of the first six games of the World Series, so prior to Game 7 he refused to make a pick.

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The Astros came out in their orange alternate jerseys for the first time in the World Series.

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Magic Johnson was caught not smiling before the game. That’s … unusual.

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Some Dodgers legends threw out the first pitch, with Don Newcombe and Sandy Koufax throwing to Steve Garvey and Rick Monday.

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The Astros needed just two batters to take the lead, with George Springer doubling to lead off and then scoring on a throwing error by Cody Bellinger. The Astros added a second run in the first inning on Jose Altuve’s groundout.


Yuli Gurriel tipped his helmet toward starting pitcher Yu Darvish before his first at-bat after being caught making a “slant eyes” gesture when the two most recently faced each other in the series.

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In the bottom of the first, the Dodgers loaded the bases with a double and two hit batters. But Lance McCullers got out of it by getting Joc Pederson to ground out to second.

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After the Astros scored another run in the second inning, George Springer broke the game open with a two-out, two-run home run. It was the fourth straight game in which he had homered in the series.

It⬔s the biggest stage.George Springer owns it. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/VjSLocFNRI

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And that was it for Darvish, who got pulled after just 1 2/3 innings, trailing 5-0.

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Astros fans packed Minute Maid Park back in Houston and went nuts in the second inning.

Caught on #BallparkCam: The @Astros crowdat Minute Maid Park celebrates the 2nd inning #SpringerDinger! #EarnHistory pic.twitter.com/zGsFSJzkM3

#BallparkCam@Astros#SpringerDinger#EarnHistorypic.twitter.com/zGsFSJzkM3November 2, 2017


The Dodgers turned to Brandon Morrow out of the bullpen, but Clayton Kershaw started warming up.

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Everything went right early for the Astros. In the bottom of the second, Alex Bregman robbed Austin Barnes of a base hit.


In the third inning, it was Clayton Kershaw time, his first relief appearance since the National League Division Series in 2016.

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In the bottom of the third, Lance McCullers hit Justin Turner for the second time. It was the fourth hit batter of the game for McCullers. He would be pulled one batter later, still leading 5-0.

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Yasiel Puig thought he had a three-run home run in the third but came up short, and he took out his frustration on his bat.


Kate Upton at the game wearing a jean jacket with Justin Verlander’s name on back.

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After 13 of first 31 batters reached base (by both teams combined), pitchers settled down to retire nine in a row before a two-out walk in the fifth for the Dodgers. But the Dodgers still trailed 5-0 into the fifth inning.


Through five innings, the Dodgers had left eight runners on base and hit into a double play. Their win probability was all the way down to 3.3% to start the sixth inning.

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Clayton Kershaw pitched four innings and did not allow a run. If Dave Roberts knew Kershaw was capable of that, Kershaw probably would have started.


The Dodgers finally broke through in the sixth inning with an Andre Ethier pinch-hit, run-scoring single.


Charlie Morton held the Dodgers to just the one run in the sixth inning, but he was nearly impaled by a broken bat along the way.


Through eight innings, the score remained 5-1 Astros. The story at this point became the relief pitchers, with the two teams combining to use eight.

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In the top of the ninth, Charlie Morton hit for himself even though he had already thrown three innings of relief. But at this point, he was in line to close out the World Series.

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Magic Johnson, still not smiling.

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Meanwhile, Jose Altuve was dancing in the dugout.


And that’s it! Charlie Morton completed the four-inning save, and the Houston Astros are World Series champs for the first time in franchise history!


Carlos Correa had a great reaction to the final out.


George Springer was named World Series MVP.

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And after the game, Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend while being interviewed by Ken Rosenthal.