Mad Max delivers for World Series champion Nats without win


It was a long time coming, but these Nationals earned it with relentless grit and determination.

The Nationals rallied late - their record fifth comeback win in a potential elimination game this postseason - to beat the Astros 6-2 in a World Series where the visiting team won every game.

By clinching the title in Houston, the result marked the first time in any American professional sport where all seven games in a best-of-seven series were won on the road. World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg has just three days to decide if he wants to opt out of his contract or stay with the Nats.

"It's just surreal, and to be able to do it with this group of guys is something", Straburg said, his family, including his kids, standing by his side on the field at Minute Maid Park.

Corbin pitched two more innings, holding the Astros scoreless in the seventh and eighth. He allowed seven hits and two runs - on a homer by Yuri Gurriel and RBI single by Carlos Correa - before exiting having thrown 103 pitches.

Parkway West grad and Chesterfield native Max Scherzer started on the mound for Washington after being scratched from Game 5 because of neck spasms.

The Astros, who led the majors with 107 wins during the regular season, were undeniably wasteful, stranding 10 runners on base, especially when they had excellent chances to build a big lead.

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The Nationals entered the seventh inning trailing by two runs, but Anthony Rendon hit a solo home run to cut the deficit in half.

The Nationals were 12 games under.500 (19-31) near the end of May, but came back as the Wild Card.

They unloaded again on Trump Wednesday when he wasn't even there. In 1924, the Washington Senators, now the Minnesota Twins, defeated the New York Giants four games to three. And the Nationals did it without their former star, Bryce Harper, who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in the offseason.

"The way this game went is the way our whole season went", said Zimmerman, the last player left from the 2005 Nationals team that debuted in Washington. "We won the fight!"

When he spoke to reporters after the game, Cole told an Astros spokesperson, "I'm not an employee of the team", before adding "I guess as a representative of myself".

Greinke had been cruising, but Hinch had seen enough after Rendon's solo homer and a subsequent walk to 21-year-old Juan Soto.

"He was incredible. He did everything we could've asked for and more", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.