The Astros defeated the Dodgers, 5-1, on Wednesday night in Game 7 to win their first World Series championship in franchise history.• Dress like a champion! Get Astros World Series title gearMLB.com was on the scene at Dodger Stadium.12 a.m. ET: Astros are World Series champs!
The Houston Astros can finally
The Astros defeated the Dodgers, 5-1, on Wednesday night in Game 7 to win their first World Series championship in franchise history.
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MLB.com was on the scene at Dodger Stadium.
12 a.m. ET: Astros are World Series champs!
The Houston Astros can finally call themselves World Series champions, defeating the Dodgers, 5-1, at Dodger Stadium. Houston didn't look back after jumping out to a 5-0 lead after two innings, highlighted by George Springer's two-run homer that chased Dodgers starter Yu Darvish. Charlie Morton finished off the win after firing four innings of one-run ball in relief.
11:45 p.m. ET: Astros' eyes on prize
After retiring the Dodgers in order in the eighth inning, the Houston Astros are three outs away from winning their first World Series championship in franchise history. Right-hander Charlie Morton, making his second career relief appearance, has limited the Dodgers to one run on two hits in three innings of relief.
11:05 p.m. ET: Dodgers get on board after Kershaw fires 4
The Astros are nine outs away from a World Series championship, holding a 5-1 lead through six innings. After four scoreless frames, Clayton Kershaw is done after holding the Astros to two hits. Andre Ethier pinch-hit for Kershaw in the sixth inning and hit an RBI single to put the Dodgers on the board. Now, Kenley Jansen enters for the Dodgers as the Astros look to tack on a few insurance runs and close out this Series.
10 p.m. ET: Meanwhile, in Houston ...
Dodger Stadium has quieted a bit since the Astros took an early lead, but Minute Maid Park is another story. Plenty of fans showed up to the ballpark to cheer on their hometown team at a free viewing party.
9:30 p.m. ET: Facing early hole, LA turns to ace
With a World Series championship on the line, the Dodgers have summoned ace Clayton Kershaw out of the bullpen. Kershaw entered the game in the third and retired the side on 10 pitches, striking out Yuli Gurriel to end the frame. Kershaw is making his first relief appearance since recording a save in Game 5 of the 2016 NLDS.
9:13 p.m. ET: Springer continues jaw-dropping Series
The Astros have knocked Dodgers starter Yu Darvish out of the game in the second inning. Darvish struggled with his command, throwing 47 pitches in 1 2/3 innings, giving up a two-run home run to George Springer to break the game open and give the Astros a 5-0 lead. Springer has five home runs in the World Series and is the first player in history to homer in four straight games during a single Fall Classic.
8:30 p.m. ET: Astros strike first
This isn't the start the Dodgers wanted. After George Springer hit a leadoff double, a throwing error by Cody Bellinger allowed Springer to score easily. Jose Altuve followed that with an RBI groundout to score Alex Bregman and Houston jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The Astros also ran Yu Darvish's pitch count up to 24 after Yuli Gurriel ended the top of the first inning with a 13-pitch at-bat.
8:10 p.m. ET: Legends launch Game 7
Dodger greats Sandy Koufax and Don Newcombe set the stage in Los Angeles with the ceremonial first pitch.
8 p.m. ET: Who's ready for Game 7?
As this unforgettable World Series reaches its apex in a winner-take-all Game 7, fans were eager for the action to begin.
7:08 p.m. ET: Iconography
Kenley Jansen could become a Dodgers immortal like Don Newcombe if he helps L.A. close out a Game 7 win.
7:06 p.m. ET: Spring awakening
George Springer, who could take be named World Series MVP if the Astros prevail tonight, stays loose before Game 7.
7:02 p.m. ET: Behind your back
Yasiel Puig makes a funny face in the background of a Kenley Jansen interview.
6:54 p.m. ET: Fernandomania
Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela -- on hand for Game 7 -- hopes to celebrate his 57th birthday with a Los Angeles World Series title.
6:42 p.m. ET: Pull up a chair
If Games 1-6 are any indication, we're in for a doozy of a night with Game 7. After all, we're crowning a World Series champion at last out!
6:30 p.m. ET: Getting in the swing of things
6:29 p.m. ET: Calling on Keuchel
Dallas Keuchel, who could come out of the bullpen tonight for the Astros, warms up in the Dodger Stadium outfield and participates in an interview before Game 7.
6:25 p.m. ET: Eyes on the prize
Enrique Hernandez, Kenley Jansen and Chase Utley look on during pregame warmups.
6:17 p.m. ET: Greatness
MLB legends Don Newcombe and Dave Winfield catch up before Game 7.
6:11 p.m. ET: Star sighting
It's fair to say World Series pregame warmups wouldn't attract an Entertainment Tonight reporter in all 30 stadiums. Actor Ken Jeong is among the celebrities roaming the field before Game 7.
6:00 p.m. ET: Mutual respect
5:51 p.m. ET: For all the marbles
Justin Turner and the Dodgers grab their mitts and hit the field for warmups before Game 7.
5:32 p.m. ET: Green day
Former Dodger Shawn Green -- who still holds the franchise's single-season record for home runs (49 in 2001) despite some upstart named Cody Bellinger -- watches batting practice before Game 7.
5:23 p.m. ET: Something borrowed, something blue
An enterprising Dodgers fan convincingly transforms an old Brad Penny shirsey into one for Joc Pederson.
5:11 p.m. ET: Is that too much to ask?
Astros manager A.J. Hinch doesn't see anything wrong with aiming high.
4:49 p.m. ET: Talk about a season finale
4:47 p.m. ET: Ken, you dig it?
Cody Bellinger talks Game 7 with MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal in the Dodgers' dugout.
4:44 p.m. ET: Fashion show at lunch
The Commissioner's Trophy struts its stuff on the runway -- er, grass -- before it gets presented to tonight's winner.
4:29 p.m. ET: Astros go with the flow for Game 7
Houston manager A.J. Hinch is sticking with the same lineup he used on Tuesday for Game 7 tonight.
• Astros, Dodgers announce lineups for Game 7
4:26 p.m. ET: The parent snap
Charlie Culberson's parents, Kim and Charlie Sr., have a late breakfast at The Pantry, a classic 24-hour spot in downtown L.A. that was chocked with raucous Dodgers and Astros fans hours before Game 7 at Dodger Stadium, only a few miles away. The Culbersons traveled from Rome, Ga., to see their son play in the World Series.
4:12 p.m. ET: Dodgers name lineup for Game 7
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts kept most of the starters he used against McCullers in Game 3, the only exception being Joc Pederson, who was the DH in Game 3 but will start in left field tonight, pushing Enrique Hernandez to the bench.
3:58 p.m. ET: The Fisher ring?
Astros Game 5 hero Derek Fisher knows what day it is.
3:37 p.m. ET: Spray your way
The Dodger Stadium grounds crew hoses down the infield dirt as it goes through its final pregame prep of the year.
3:19 p.m. ET: That Dodger discount
Yolanda Gonzalez received a blue Dodger apron at the start of this season, and she was wearing the lucky item on Wednesday while serving up juice drinks during lunchtime at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. Her mind is on one thing: Game 7.
"I'm more than excited," she said. "Even yesterday, we were trick-or-treating with my children where I live not far from the stadium, and one of the neighbors had Game 6 on their TV. So we had to stop and watch it. Most people did their trick-or-treating early this year so they could watch the game."
Gonzalez gives a dollar discount to any customer she sees wearing Dodgers gear.
"I feel they're going to win because they're playing really well since August," she said. "This is our year. I've been wearing this apron ever since it started."
3:04 p.m. ET: Bird's eye blue
Dodger Stadium gets ready for the last game of the 2017 season, the first World Series Game 7 in the stadium's history. Los Angeles is expected to be partly cloudy with a temperature in the mid 60s for first pitch.
12:49 p.m. ET: Holding court
Houston mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston City Council cheer on McCullers and the Astros from City Hall.
12:40 p.m. ET: Pods and ends
MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice break down Game 6 and what to expect tonight in Game 7, including a potential Clayton Kershaw relief appearance, in the Morning Lineup podcast. More >
Early morning: All Quiet on the Western Front
Into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the scoreboard at Dodger Stadium was keeping the countdown alive.