Venezuelan José Altuve once again dressed as a hero and with his fifth home run of the postseason led the Houston Astros to their first World Series in 12 years and a 4 × 0 victory over the New York Yankees, to take the pennant of the American League.
Designated Evan Gattis homered again and Charlie Morton hit five scoreless inings for the Astros to win Game 7 and beat 4-3 in the best-of-seven series.
Houston’s ninth now travels to Los Angeles to open the World Series on Tuesday against the National League champions Dodgers, who previously won their series 4-1 against former champion Chicago Cubs.
After winning the first two games of the series in Houston, the Astros lost the next three in New York and were on the brink of elimination.
But back home, star Justin Verlander got them back in the fray by throwing a pitching gem to win Game 6 and the Astros level the commitment 3-3.
Verlander, winner of the second and sixth games, was voted the Most Valuable Player of the series.
Starter Charlie Morton pitched five scoreless innings with just two hits allowed and five strikeouts, and 24-year-old Lance McCullers threw relief for the final four innings, striking out six men and allowing a single.
In their only appearance in a World Series in 2005, the Astros – who were then located in the National League – were swept by the Chicago White Sox of Venezuelan manager Ozzie Guillén.
This time they came out determined to return for the American League, and Gattis showed his intentions early by hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning off Yankees starter CC Sabathia.
Altuve’s home run in the bottom of the fifth was followed by a double from Houston catcher Brian McCann, who brought another two runs to the board to make it 4-0.
The victory went to Morton (1-1) and the defeat to Sabathia’s account (1-1).
For the Astros, the Venezuelan Altuve 3-1 with a RBI and a run scored, the Puerto Rican Carlos Correa hit 4-1 with a run scored, the Cuban Yuli Gurriel 4-1 a run scored, and for the Yankees the Dominican catcher Gary Sánchez had one of his team’s three hits. AFP