Astros edge Dodgers to win World Series
The Houston Astros, fueled by George Springer's record-equalling home run, won a first World Series title Wednesday with a 5-1 triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Springer belted his fifth home run of the series as the Astros exploded for five runs in the first two innings off Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish.
Springer's five homers tied the World Series record held by Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley and boosted him to World Series Most Valuable Player honors.
Springer's homer capped a three-run second inning and pushed the Astros' tally for the Series to 15, breaking the World Series record of 14 set by San Francisco Giants in 2002 Springer had led off the first with a double off Darvish and scored the first of two runs in the inning on a throwing error by Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger.
It gave Astros pitching ace Justin Verlander a first World Series title in his third appearance, while Kershaw, a dominant force over the past decade, remains in search of a first title.