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Astros beat Dodgers to win first World Series crown

Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double to score Austin Barnes during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game six of the 2017 World Series, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on October 31
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Astros claimed the title 12 years after being swept by Chicago White Sox in their only prior World Series

The Houston Astros won the World Series for the first time on Wednesday, November 1, pouncing early in a 5-1 game seven triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

George Springer homered again as the Astros roughed up Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, who endured his second nightmare start of the Series.

He surrendered five runs in 1 2/3 innings as the Dodgers fell into a hole the wouldn't climb out of.

A day after the Dodgers forced a decisive game seven, the Astros won their first Major League Baseball crown since their inception in 1962.

Their four-games-to-three triumph denied the Dodgers a seventh title and a first since their last appearance in the Fall Classic in 1988.

With everything on the line and Darvish once again ineffective, the Dodgers turned to left-handed pitching ace Clayton Kershaw, the game one winner, in the third inning.

Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and former National League Most Valuable Player, kept the Astros in check over four solid innings.

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