Washington Nationals win World Series
The Washington Nationals celebrate with the trophy after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros

The Washington Nationals have made franchise history by winning their maiden World Series title with a 6-2 game seven victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

The Nats fought back from trailing 3-2 in the series, to win 4-3 in a remarkable World Series where all matches where won by the away side.

The Astros were favoured heading into the World Series and seemed destined to be champions when they fought back from a 2-0 deficit to lead 3-2 in the series, with all the momentum.

Houston had also led 2-0 after six innings in the decider before Washington’s Anthony Rendon and Howie Kendrick both hit homers in the seventh to flip the game on its head.

It is the first time in Major League Baseball history that all away matches of a World Series have been won by the away side.

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named the series’ most valuable player, stepping up after Max Scherzer’s neck injury late in the series.

“These guys they battled,” Scherzer said.

“It was the next guy up. Everybody gave it their all.”

Remarkably the Nats had lost 31 of their opening 50 MLB games this season, but turned it around.

“I believe in these guys and they believe in each other,” Washington coach Dave Martinez said.

“We were 19-31. We didn’t quit then. We weren’t going to quit now.”

Ben somerford
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