Nationals beat Astros 6-2 to win franchise’s first World Series

The Washington Nationals claimed the franchise's first World Series title with a 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros in a seventh and deciding game.

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The team that was 12 games under .500 before the end of May is now the World Series champion.

Trailing 2-0, Anthony Rendon homered off Zach Greinke and Howie Kendrick followed with a go-ahead, two-run drive in the seventh inning, putting the Nats ahead  to stay.

It was Washington's fifth comeback win in a potential elimination game this postseason — four was already a major league record for a single postseason.

The Washington Nationals celebrate after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Juan Soto's RBI single in the eighth inning extended Washington's lead to 4-2.

The Nats tacked on 2 more runs in the ninth inning.

The visiting team won every game in the series.

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named Most Valuable Player.

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It is the first World Series championship for a team from the nation's capital since the Senators won in 1924.

This franchise started out as the Montreal Expos in 1969 when the major leagues expanded beyond the border. They moved to D.C. in 2005, ending Washington's three-decade-plus wait for big league baseball after the Senators left town to become the Texas Rangers.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.