What a finish! The Washington Nationals came from behind in Game 7 to beat the Houston Astros 6-2 and claim the first World Series title in franchise history, and the first Washington, D.C. World Series since 1924.
The Nationals trailed 2-0 heading into the seventh and couldn’t seem to get anything going. Their bats finally broke open to take the lead. Anthony Rendon hit a solo home run and then Howie Kendrick hit a two-run homer off the right field foul pole to give the Nationals the lead. They added three more runs in the final two innings and a combination of Patrick Corbin and Daniel Hudson shut down Houston for the victory.
It was a wild finish, and fitting given the size of the upset. The Nationals were +195 to win the World Series over Houston, which marked the longest odds by a champion since the Cincinnati Reds beat the Oakland Athletics in 1990 as a +260 underdog (h/t Action Network). Since that Reds series, other big upsets included the Florida Marlins (+190) over the New York Yankees in 2003 and the Kansas City Royals (+180) over the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985.
Big congrats to the World Series champions!