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The Houston Astros have won the World Series for the first time in team history. The victory came in a winner-takes-all seventh game.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks about the ins and outs of the game and the series with sports analyst Mike Pesca (@pescami), host of the daily podcast The Gist.

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET

The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 of the World Series, winning their first championship crown in the team's 55-year history (and 56th season).

The Astros jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and held on for the rest of the game watching the Dodgers squander multiple opportunities to score.

"We held down a really tough lineup," said Astros pitcher Charlie Morton, who pitched four innings in relief, giving up the Dodgers' only run. He struck out four batters, walked one and earned the win.

The World Series begins Tuesday night in Los Angeles and it's a fitting conclusion to the baseball season. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros have been two of the best teams all year. L.A. won a major league best 104 games; Houston, 101. And and now they're playing for a championship.

Time for a new memory?

The Houston Astros are going to the World Series. They beat the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Minute Maid Park in Houston — the series went seven games.

The only other time the Astros have made an appearance in the World Series was in 2005 when they lost to the Chicago White Sox.

According to the MLB Stat of the Day: The Astros are the first team to reach the World Series as an American League team (2017) and as a National League team (2005).

Baseball’s playoff matchups are set: On Thursday the Houston Astros host the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series, while the New York Yankees head to Cleveland to play the Indians in the National League series opener this evening. On Friday the Chicago Cubs take on the Washington Nationals, while the Arizona Diamondbacks face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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