The Houston Astros take a 4-2 lead in the World Series with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6


The Astros became the first champion to win a World Series at home since 2013 – Washington (2019) and Atlanta (2021) saw Houston claim titles.

The Houston Astros won their second World Series title with a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies that helped them take the seven-game series 4-2.

The sixth game was scoreless until Kyle Schwarber hit a home run in the sixth inning to put the Phillies ahead.

But the Astros hit right back with Yordan Alvarez’s three-run homer before Christian Vazquez drove in Alex Bregman to make it 4-1.

Cheered on by the home crowd, the Astros closed out the win.

The first half of Saturday’s game was a pitching duel between Houston’s Framber Valdez and Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler, both starting the second game.

The lefty Valdez dominated for the Phillies, striking out nine batters, but the visitors drew first blood in the top of the sixth when Schwarber lifted Valdez over right field.

As the tension grew at Minute Maid Park, the Astros put two men on base before Phillies manager Rob Thomson retired Wheeler in favor of one of his key players, Jose Alvarado.

But the lefty Alvarez launched one of the biggest and most important home runs of his burgeoning career, lifting Alvarado 450 yards over center field to turn the game around.

Vazquez hit an “insurance” hit, but the Astros bullpen, which has been nearly hitless in the 2022 season, didn’t need it, snuffing out any hopes of a Phillies comeback.

And the winning run by Nick Castellanos on a fly out to right fielder Kyle Tucker in the ninth.

The Astros recovered, Dusty eventually rewarded

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker is hugged by catcher Martin Maldonado
Dusty Baker now holds the previous record for most MLB wins as a manager without a World Series trophy.

Houston’s Maiden Fall Classic title in 2017 it was later tainted by an electronic signal theft scandal as a result, they were fined $5 million, forfeited draft picks, and saw their manager and general manager fired.

While five players from that 2017 team remain on the roster, it was their fourth World Series appearance in six seasons to cap a sustained period of success.

After restoring some pride to the franchise, Dusty Baker, one of baseball’s most recognizable characters, finally has a World Series title on his resume after racking up more than 2,000 wins in his 25th season as a major league manager in charge of five different clubs.

“When did it hit me? When Yordan hit that ball over the moon, out there,” Baker, 73, joked.

Rookie Jeremy Pena was named the World Series Most Valuable Player as Houston filled the void left by free agency Carlos Correa.

Kyle Schwarber of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a home run
Kyle Schwarber gave the Phillies hope in the sixth inning against Framber Valdez
Jose Altuve and Jeremy Pena celebrate Yordan Alvarez's home run (right)
Jose Altuve and Jeremy Pena walked Yordan Alvarez in the bottom of the sixth inning in the deciding game.
Houston Astros players swallow the Ryan Pressly firecracker after winning the World Series
Astros closer Ryan Pressly was engulfed by his teammates in the ninth inning after recording the final three outs.

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