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Postseason watch: Nats finish storybook title run

October 31, 2019

Major League Baseball has a new champion. The Nationals capped their remarkable season with a record fourth World Series road win, denying the Astros, 6-2, in Game 7 to claim the franchise's first World Series crown. ---

Major League Baseball has a new champion.

The Nationals capped their remarkable season with a record fourth World Series road win, denying the Astros, 6-2, in Game 7 to claim the franchise's first World Series crown.

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Postseason bracket

WS: Nationals beat Astros (4-3)

NLDS: Nationals beat Dodgers (3-2); Cardinals beat Braves (3-2)

ALDS: Astros beat Rays (3-2); Yankees sweep Twins

NLCS: Nationals sweep Cardinals

ALCS: Astros beat Yankees (4-2)

World Series (2-3-2 format): Nationals beat Astros, 4-3

A three-run seventh-inning rally stunned the Minute Maid Park crowd and put Washington up to stay in a 6-2 win over the Astros on Wednesday night. The Nationals earned all four World Series wins on the road, becoming the first club in history to achieve that feat.

The title is a landmark moment for a franchise that had never reached the Fall Classic, established in 1969 as the Montreal Expos before moving to Washington in 2005.

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League Championship Series (2-3-2 format)

ALCS (2-3-2 format): Astros beat Yankees (4-2)

The Astros capped an instant classic ALCS Game 6 against the Yankees with a walk-off pennant clincher to secure the third World Series trip in franchise history and their second in three seasons, advancing to play the Nationals on Jose Altuve's homer in the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park.

The win came after DJ LeMahieu's stunning two-run homer off Roberto Osuna with one out in the ninth tied it at 4, swinging the momentum temporarily in the Yankees' favor.

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NLCS (2-3-2 format): Nationals sweep Cardinals (4-0)

Patrick Corbin struck out 12 in five innings and Washington chased Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson amid a seven-run first inning that set up the biggest win in club history. The Nats became the third team to advance from the Wild Card Game to the World Series since the introduction of the Wild Card Game in 2012 (the Giants and Royals both took that route to the 2014 Fall Classic).

Since 2006, only twice has the team that clinched its World Series berth first gone on to win the World Series -- the 2008 Phillies and 2018 Red Sox.

ALDS (2-2-1 format): Astros beat Rays (3-2)

In Game 5, the Astros scored four runs in the first inning against Rays starter Tyler Glasnow, giving Cole – now 18-0 in his last 24 starts – all the cushion he would need. The right-hander cruised, allowing just two hits while striking out 10 in eight innings for his second win of the series.

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ALDS (2-2-1 format): Yankees sweep Twins (3-0)
Gleyber Torres drove in the first run of Game 3 with a second-inning home run and also made a stellar defensive play to get New York out of a fifth-inning jam as the Yankees completed a sweep to advance to the American League Championship Series.

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NLDS (2-2-1 format): Cardinals beat Braves (3-2)

The Cardinals sent 14 batters to the plate in the first inning of Game 5, chasing Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz after just one-third of an inning and scoring 10 runs -- tied for the most in a single frame in postseason history. The damage was spread equally across the Cardinals' lineup, as four players got at least two RBIs, and eight players plated at least one run, including St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty, who worked six strong innings for the win.

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NLDS (2-2-1 format): Nationals beat Dodgers (3-2)

The Nationals tied Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers with back-to-back homers from Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto off Clayton Kershaw in the eighth inning, and Howie Kendrick hit a go-ahead grand slam off Joe Kelly in the 10th inning. Sean Doolittle closed out the bottom of the 10th to secure the 7-3 win over the two-time defending NL champions in front of a stunned Dodger Stadium crowd.

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NL Wild Card: Nationals 4, Brewers 3

AL Wild Card: Rays 5, A's 1