Astros beat Braves in World Series to become first American League team to win title

Media playback is not supported on this device Astros oust Braves from World Series Houston Astros beat the Atlanta Braves to win their first ever World Series, beating them in five games. Astros captain…

Astros beat Braves in World Series to become first American League team to win title

Media playback is not supported on this device Astros oust Braves from World Series

Houston Astros beat the Atlanta Braves to win their first ever World Series, beating them in five games.

Astros captain Jose Altuve was named World Series MVP after hitting a six-run home run, two doubles and three singles in five games.

Atlanta fought back from 3-0 down in game five, fighting back from 3-0 down in game five.

National League Centurions champions Houston are the first American League team to lift the championship trophy since New York Yankees in 1998.

Winning pitcher Justin Verlander, who had a no-hitter through four innings, said: “We just took care of business.”

The Astros were only 34-103 in 2016 and 18-65 in 2017 when they appointed former Toronto Blue Jays manager A.J. Hinch as their first manager of the Futures League born out of the expansion into the USA in 1962.

He was given the second-longest contract in the MLB, after retiring St Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.

“It has been a journey for us, just to be here,” said Hinch, who became the first American League manager to win a World Series since he was with the Blue Jays.

“It feels completely surreal, it’s just very overwhelming. I know that I’ll probably never get another chance.”

The 28-year-old Altuve helped him along in his MVP success.

“I took some really good advice from him,” Altuve said of Hinch. “He kept telling me we have some good players, so we just try to play better.”

USA pitcher Doug Fister also found out how good his team were while watching the World Series.

Fister was watching at his home in Texas when he received a phone call to tell him his friend was in the World Series, he told reporters in Atlanta.

“It was tough not being able to be out there,” Fister said. “It was the first time in my life I’ve ever had a phone call like that.”

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