Nationals force WS Game 7 with 7-2 win

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Washington Nationals continued the trend in the 2019 World Series. The road team has won every game of the series thus far.

The Nationals defeated the Houston Astros, 7-2, on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2019 National League Division Series
Stephen Strasburg delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2019 National League Division Series (Getty Images)

With the win, that means the 2019 season will come down to one final game. Game 7 will be played on Wednesday night in the winner-take-all contest.

The past five seasons, the World Series winner has clinched the series on the road.

The last team to clinch the World Series was the Boston Red Sox.

Yet, you will have to go back to the 2013 World Series to find a team to clinch at home. Boston defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 at Fenway Park on Oct. 30, 2013.

Anthony Rendon put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth inning with a 7-2 lead. He doubled to deep right field that scored Adam Eaton and Trea Turner.

In the top of the seventh inning, Rendon – who went to college at nearby Rice University – hit a 353-foot home run to left field. Yan Gomes also scored on the home run for a 5-2 lead.

Rising star Juan Soto hit a 413-foot home run to right field to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead.

Eaton tied the game with a 381-foot home run to right field in the top of the fifth inning.

The Astros got on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Alex Bregman hit a 355-foot home run to left field for the 2-1 lead.

José Altuve also hit a sacrifice fly to left field in the first inning. George Springer scored on the play to tie the game at 1-1.

Rendon singled to center field in the top of the first inning. The Nationals took a 1-0 lead when Turner scored on the play.

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg went 8 1/3 innings to receive the win. He allowed two runs (two earned runs) on five hits, including one home run.

He also struck out seven batters and walked two batters.

Strasburg is 5-0 in the postseason. He is the first pitcher since Randy Johnson to go 5-0 in the postseason in 2001.

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander went five innings to receive the loss. He allowed three runs (three earned runs) on five hits, including two home runs.

He also struck out three batters and walked three.

Verlander is now 0-6 in seven World Series starts. He also has a 5.68 ERA in those seven starts.

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