The Houston Astros are heading to the MLB World Series for just the second time after defeating the New York Yankees in the seventh and deciding game of their American League Championship Series.
Houston advanced to meet the Los Angeles Dodgers with Saturday's 4-0 victory over the Yankees Minute Maid Park on Saturday, sealing a 4-3 series triumph.
The Astros won the National League pennant in 2005, losing to the Chicago White Sox in the World Series, but will go back this year as the American League champs.
Saturday's game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Evan Gattis blasted a solo shot to left to give the Astros a 1-0 lead.
It was the first of two solo homers, the second coming courtesy of Jose Altuve in the fifth.
Altuve's homer triggered a three-run inning as the Astros bats picked up where they left off in the eighth inning of Friday's game-six victory.
ASTROS HITTERS HAVE FOUND THEIR CONFIDENCE
Houston led baseball in scoring during the regular season and the Astros are finally hitting like it. They will head to Los Angeles as a confident group and will have to bottle what they have shown over the last 10 innings in Houston and take it with them to Dodger Stadium.
MORTON MARVELLOUS FOR ASTROS
Charlie Morton was roughed up by the Yankees in the game-three loss at Yankee Stadium. Many baseball fans went into Saturday's game sceptical of Houston's decision to give a start to a guy with a 10.13 ERA this postseason. But the 33-year-old right-hander was dialled in, striking out five Yankees over five innings as he allowed just two hits and left with a 4-0 lead.
The Astros will need as much quality pitching as they can find going against a Dodgers staff that has Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Yu Darvish and Alex Wood. The Astros have Justin Verlander —who has yet to lose in nine starts in Houston —Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr. — who many thought would start Saturday — but Morton was efficient and threw just 54 pitches against the Yankees.
YANKEES AREN'T GOING ANYWHERE
The Yankees, with young players like Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and Greg Bird, have a foundation on which to build a long-term playoff contender. They are also a resilient group, coming back from two games down to oust the red-hot Cleveland Indians in the AL Division Series before winning three straight at Yankee Stadium to push the Astros to a game seven.
There were plenty of lessons to be learned this season by the Yankees, who are not going anywhere anytime soon.
ALTUVE GOES DEEP
The Astros star smashed a shot into the stands to spark joyous scenes in Houston.
ASTROS AT DODGERS
The Dodgers should be well-rested as they prepare to host a World Series game for the first time since 1988. Kershaw will get the nod for the Dodgers while the Astros will go with either Verlander, who pitched Friday, or Keuchel.
|Fenerbahce part ways with Kocaman|
|Celtics forward Hayward expected to be fully cleared by August|
|Nationals acquire closer Herrera from Royals|
|Angels star Ohtani to be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks|
|Crisis club Sporting appoint Mihaljovic|
|Fekir could still join Liverpool this summer - agent|
|Brathwaithe and weather thwart Sri Lanka|
|Southgate bemused by England-Tunisia penalty decisions|
|Kane disappointed by refereeing decisions despite England win|
|Koepka backed by coach to win more majors|
|Rybarikova ousts Pliskova in Birmingham, seeds fail in Mallorca|
|Kane: England players had flies in our mouths|
|Lemar signs Atletico deal|
|Griezmann renews Atletico Madrid contract after rejecting Barcelona|
|Captain Kane comes good to heighten England´s aura of optimism|
|Wawrinka and Cilic cruise through at Queen´s|
|Saudi Arabia team safe after aircraft´s ´technical failure´|
|Courtois: Panama made unnecessary tackles|
|Thiem makes winning start on Halle grass|
|Tunisia 1 England 2: Captain Kane saves Three Lions|
|Trotz resigns as Capitals coach after Stanley Cup win|
|You´ll see the best of Hazard later - Eden predicts strong World Cup|
|Mickelson made statement over ´outrageous´ conditions, says Cowen|
|France will grow again - former coach Saint-Andre sees positive signs for Les Bleus|
|Lewandowski sets an example - Nawalka talks up Poland star|
|Runners and Ryders: Koepka shines at Shinnecock Hills as European list sees major changes|
|Mature and patient Belgium show success could be on horizon|
|Salah facing fitness test ahead of Russia v Egypt|
|South Korea´s Park has suspected hamstring tear|
|Sweden hero Granqvist full of praise for VAR|
|Iran v Spain: Isco impressed with Hierro´s seamless adaptation|
|Belgium 3 Panama 0: Mertens magic sets up Group G win|
|Jorginho has ´five-year Man City deal waiting´|
|Wolves sign Portugal goalkeeper Patricio|
|Pekerman criticises Barcelona´s treatment of Yerry Mina|
|Neymar misses Brazil World Cup training|
|FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings over alleged Mexico homophobic chants|
|Cisse hoping to be a pioneer for black and African coaches|
|World Cup over for Croatia´s Kalinic|
|Defiant Jones confident of upturn in England fortunes|
|Pogba a natural leader for France - Matuidi|
|Frampton to face Jackson as Fury continues comeback in Belfast|
|Team effort needed for Japan to stop James, says Nishino|
|Di Francesco extends Roma contract|
|It was a normal challenge - Switzerland equaliser fine by Shaqiri|
|Hamilton hopes to avoid ´boring´ French Grand Prix|
|Coutinho expects more Neymar punishment at World Cup|
|Cisse hails Mane as ´one of the best players in the world´|
|Forsberg falls flat as Granqvist proves Sweden´s hero|
|Sweden 1 South Korea 0: Granqvist´s VAR-assisted penalty settles tight game|
|Nishino concerned Japan players affected by Osaka earthquake|
|Isco pleased with Lopetegui´s Real Madrid appointment|
|Hazard hints at Real Madrid interest|
|Wasps disappointed as Wilson joins Scotland backroom staff|
|Hierro has full confidence in De Gea|
|Russia will stop Salah - Cherchesov|
|Allen signs new four-year Stoke contract|
|England issue update over injured duo Stokes and Woakes|
|Mancini leaves door open for Buffon´s Italy return|
|Alli calls for England to be ruthless in World Cup opener|
|Tahir rested as Proteas call up uncapped duo|
|Uruguay v Saudi Arabia: Centurion Suarez seeks World Cup redemption|
|Portugal v Morocco: Hat-trick hero Ronaldo hunts stricken Atlas Lions|
|Argentina didn´t draw because of Messi´s missed penalty - Maradona|
|Wenger heaps praise on France star Kante|
|If VAR helps referees, I´m not against that – Australia´s Sainsbury|
|Kimmich questions Germany mentality after shock defeat|
|Roberts to leave Warrington Wolves|
|Australia talent Arzani ready to make the jump from A-League|
|Lewandowski: I can be at the top until I´m 35|