LOS ANGELES -- The Houston Astros have waited 55 years for this moment, so what's a few extra innings? With a thrilling 7-6 victory in 11 innings over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series, the franchise won its first Fall Classic game."It's a big deal," said Alex
LOS ANGELES -- The Houston Astros have waited 55 years for this moment, so what's a few extra innings? With a thrilling 7-6 victory in 11 innings over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series, the franchise won its first Fall Classic game.
"It's a big deal," said Alex Bregman, who has driven in the Astros' first run in both games of the World Series presented by YouTube TV. "It's huge for the city of Houston. We dedicated this season to them, so this is big for our city, big for our team. That's not our goal, though. Our goal wasn't to win the first World Series game, it was to win the first World Series."
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Carlos Correa did his part to give the Astros their first World Series win in six tries Wednesday, but he says the team is not satisfied.
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"It's pretty special, but this is not the main goal," Correa said after combining with Jose Altuve for back-to-back home runs in the 10th inning. "The main goal is to win the Series."
Chris Devenski will go down as the Astros' first winning pitcher in the World Series. He gave the team four important outs to shut the door on a Dodgers club that responded with two runs in the 10th and another in the 11th, stranding the potential tying run on second base.
"It's an honor," said Devenski, who struck out Yasiel Puig with a 3-2 changeup to end the game. "It's truly an honor."
For Cameron Maybin, the Astros are the sixth franchise he's played for. He was thrilled to join a first-place club on Aug. 31, the cutoff for players to be eligible for the postseason. Now, Maybin is playing in his first World Series, and contributing to Astros history.
"It's special not only for the organization, the city, it's huge for me," said Maybin, who singled and stole second base ahead of George Springer's go-ahead two-run homer in the 11th. "This is my first time having a chance to be in the postseason, let alone the World Series. A humbling moment, an exciting moment, and hopefully we can get three more."
Dallas Keuchel, the Astros' ace for the past four seasons, lost his voice cheering on his teammates from the visitors' dugout at Dodger Stadium.
"It means the world to me, not only for myself and what we've endured, but just to get a win on the road," Keuchel said. "We hadn't played very well on the road, and everybody knew that, so kind of gets the monkey off our back."
Brad Peacock watched the game from the cramped bullpen in right field, but he was still ecstatic to witness Astros history.
"Unbelievable," Peacock said. "That was, I think, the best game I've ever been a part of. It was awesome. It was crazy. I'm glad we got it done, for sure."
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Manager A.J. Hinch believes a more significant victory is worth delivering to the city of Houston.
"Not the first one, the fourth one," Hinch said. "I think the fourth one, that will be the one to bring home to the city."
**Austin Laymance** is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.