Astros win World Series

The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 on Wednesday to win their first ever World Series.

Centre fielder George Springer was the hero for Houston as he became the first player to hit home runs in four successive finals games and five in the World Series.

Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, the subject of racial abuse from Astros player Yuli Gurriel in Game 3, started badly at Dodgers Stadium and failed to make it to the third inning for the second successive game.

He was pulled in the second inning with the score already at 5-0 following Springer’s two-run hit.

The Dodgers – who had the best regular-season record in the MLB failed to register in the first five innings, leaving eight baserunners stranded.

The hosts’ first and only run came in the sixth, as pinch-hitter Andre Ethier drove in a run off Charlie Morton.

Starter-turned-reliever Morton though, gave up no more runs over the last three innings to earn the win and send the Houston fans into dreamland.

It was only the second appearance for the Astros in the World Series in their 56-year history.

In 2005 they were swept 4-0 by the Chicago White Sox when still part of the National League. They made the switch to the American League in 2013.