Recap: Nationals Win First World Series, Stephen Strasburg Named MVP
Just as they did all season, the Washington Nationals stayed the course and rallied on Wednesday night.
The only difference was their latest win came in Game 7 of the World Series.
The Nationals trailed the Houston Astros through six innings, but scored three runs in the seventh and won 6-2 to make history. It\'s the first championship in franchise history and marked the first time in Major League history that the road team won all seven games.
Max Scherzer, who was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday, gritted through five innings. He allowed seven hits and had a baserunner in each inning, but allowed just two runs. Zack Greinke was brilliant for the Astros until the seventh. He allowed just two hits and issued two walks in 6 1/3 frames.
Yuli Gurriel got the scoring started with a solo home run in the second and Houston took a 2-0 lead when Carlos Correa singled to left in the fifth. Scherzer minimized the damage in the inning, keeping the Nationals within striking distance.
Anthony Rendon homered in the seventh and Howie Kendrick put Washington in front with a two-run blast to right.
The Nationals added insurance runs on an RBI single by Juan Soto in the eighth and a two-RBI single by Adam Eaton with the bases loaded in the ninth.
Houston had many chances to add runs in the early innings, but failed to capitalize. They went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
Stephen Strasburg, who the Nationals shut down for the postseason earlier in his career, was named the World Series MVP.
Washington hit a low point in May when they dipped 12 games under .500, but they were able to secure one of the National League Wild Card bids.