Houston Astros win World Series

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HOUSTON (AP) — Yordan Alvarez hit a towering home run and the Houston Astros clinched their second World Series title in six seasons and secured Dusty Baker his first crown as manager with a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 on Saturday night.

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As Alvarez’s 450-foot outburst in the sixth inning wore off, Astros starter Framber Valdez jumped and screamed wildly into the dugout as fans in the crowd of 42,948 went into a frenzy waving their orange rally towels.

Baker finally earned his first title in his 25th season as manager, the last three since being hired by the Astros to help the team regain credibility after the sign-stealing scandal cost manager AJ Hinch their jobs. and general manager Jeff Luhnow, and made Houston the most reviled team in baseball.

The 73-year-old Baker, who had previously competed twice in the World Series as a skipper, is the championship’s longest-serving manager.

Houston’s coaching and coaching staff surrounded Baker after Nick Castellanos flew in to end it, jumping up and down and chanting ‘Dusty! Dusty! Dusty!” in the dugout before joining the players on the pitch.

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Alvarez’s homer cleared the center batter’s eye right away, the backdrop that extends 40 feet above the pitch, and made it 3-1. It was the first time the Cuban slugger had connected since the first two games of this postseason.

Christian Vazquez added an RBI single later in the set to make it 4-1.

Valdez earned his second victory of this series. He had only been in the dugout minutes after throwing his 93rd and final pitch while striking out nine in six innings.

But the southpaw had left the mound with the wild-card Phillies leading 1-0 on Kyle Schwarber’s solo homer in the lead in the sixth.

Schwarber, who has hit his third homer in the last four games, circled the base, waving his raised empty hand in the same motion fans do with their towels.

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But by the time Schwarber hit in the eighth, the NL home run point guard was down to a bunting, trying to hit a base hit to stoke a dormant Phillies offense. His bunt became a foul with two strikes, resulting in a strikeout.

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In the sixth, Houston got two runners on base against starter Zack Wheeler for the first time in the game, with Jose Altuve reaching a forced out after a batting hit and rookie Jeremy Pena on singles.

Phillies manager Rob Thomson went to left-handed reliever Jose Alvarado to face the left-handed slugger for the fourth time in the series — Alvarez had been out twice and had been hit by a pitch the first three times.

And Alvarado had allowed just three home runs to left-hitters in his six major league seasons, until his 2-1 pitch, when Alvarez crushed the lead from 99 mph.

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Alvarez hadn’t homered since Game 2 of the AL Division Series against Seattle, when his sixth-inning two-run shot set them up to stay. It came after his game-ending three-point shot in Game 1 for an 8-7 win.

Houston has won the American League’s best 106 games and reached its fourth World Series in a stretch that has qualified for the AL Championship Series six straight seasons. The Astros made their only other World Series appearance in 2005, while still in the National League, and were swept in four games by the Chicago White Sox.

It was their third ALCS and second consecutive World Series since former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers revealed after the 2019 season, when he had been away from Houston for two years since being part of their 2017 championship, that the team used a camera in center field to steal signs and signal batters on what pitches to expect when hitting a trash can.

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Philadelphia was 22-29 when Joe Girardi was fired in early June and replaced by 59-year-old bench coach Thomson. baseball the lifer got his first chance at a big league manager – he was on the Yankees’ big league staff for 10 seasons with Girardi, and was part of their last World Series and title in 2009.

The Phillies finished the regular season 65-46 under Thomson, their 87 wins good for the sixth and final NL playoff spot en route to their first World Series since 2009.

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