Nats Defeat Astros 6-2 in Game 7 to Capture World Series

Road team wins all seven games

Jeremy Branham
October 30, 2019 - 10:53 pm

USA TODAY

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – A 7th-inning rally led by home runs from Anthony Rendon and Howie Kendrick help the Nationals beat the Astros X-X in Game 7 of the World Series.

Yuli Gurriel got the scoring started in the 2nd-inning when he launched a Max Scherzer slider just above the wall in left and into the Crawford Boxes.

The Astros would tack on another run in the 5th-inning.  Michael Brantley led off the inning with a single through the right side. After an Alex Bregman strike out, Yuli Gurriel grounded into a fielder’s choice, and then Yordan Alvarez drew a walk to put runners at 1st and 2nd.  On a 2-2 slider, Correa drilled it down the third base line to plate Gurriel.

The 7th-inning would again doom the Astros.  After Zack Greinke retired Adam Eaton to start the inning, he surrendered a solo home run to Rendon to cut the lead in half.  After a walk to Juan Soto, Will Harris would relieve Greinke and give up a homer to Kendrick off the right field foul pole to give the Nationals their first lead in Game 7. 

After Trea Turner grounded out to lead off the 8th-inning, Eaton walked and stole second base.  Anthony Rendon then flew out to left field for the second out of the inning, but Juan Soto delivered a 2-out single to right to score Eaton.

Eaton would drive in two more runs in the 9th-inning to pad the Nationals lead.  Ryan Zimmerman led off the 9th-inning with a single, two batters later Victor Robles singled and that was followed by a Turner walk.  Jose Urquidy relieved Joe Smith and promptly gave up the 2-run single to Eaton. 

Scherzer, who was scratched from his scheduled Game 5 start, would give up 2-runs on 7-hits over his 5-innings of work as he earned a no decision.

Greinke also picked up a no decision, despite his best postseason start with Houston, as he gave up 2-runs on 2-hits over his 5 1/3 innings pitched.