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Astros Win World Series After Game 7 Showdown With The Dodgers

TheHouston Astros won their first World Series in franchise history with a 5-1 victory over theLos Angeles Dodgerson Wednesday night. 

Houston struck early, scoring two runs in the first inning off Dodgers’ starter Yu Darvish, then chasing him in the second after scoring three more runs, including a two-run homer by center fielder George Springer. 

It was Springer’sfifth home runof the Fall Classic, tying a World Series record shared by Reggie Jackson of the 1977 New York Yankees and Chase Utley of the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies. (Utley isnow on the Dodgers.)

He also set a World Series record with 29 total bases. 

That performanceearned him the World Series MVPaward. 

Houston Astros center fielder George Springer (4) celebrates a two-run homer in the second inning. 

The Astros’ victory came after an epic World Series that went the full seven games. Two games were pitching duels that ended in 3-1 scores, while two went into extra innings, including a 13-12 Game 5 slugfest on Sunday night. 

There was also some controversy along the way. 

Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel made aracist gestureat Darvish after hitting a home run off the pitcher in Game 3 last week. 

When Gurriel came to bat against Darvish in the first inning of Wednesday night’s Game 7, he paused andtook off his helmet in a gesture of apology. 

“He’s still sorry,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said prior to the game. “He’s still regretful. He’s still remorseful. He’s still got a penalty to pay.”

Gurriel willserve a five-game suspensionnext season over the incident.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.