UPDATE 1-Baseball-Astros reach World Series after Game 7 win over Yankees
Oct 21 (Reuters) – The Houston Astros reached Major League Baseball’s World Series for the first time since 2005 after beating the New York Yankees 4-0 in Game Seven of the American League Championship Series on Saturday.
The Astros, who rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the best-of-seven series, will face the Dodgers when the World Series begins on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out five.
Reliever Lance McCullers Jr. replaced Morton to start the sixth and recorded his first career save after pitching four scoreless innings and striking out six.
“This city man, they deserve this,” McCullers said of Houston, which was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey in late August.
“This is awesome.”
The Astros scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth with the key hit coming off the bat of catcher Brian McCann, who lined a two-out double into the right field corner to score two and push the lead to 4-0.
The Astros last reached the World Series in 2005 when they were swept 4-1 by the Chicago White Sox. (Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Peter Rutherford)