Houston Astros' Jose Altuve Blasts Walk-Off Home Run to Beat Yankees, Advance to World Series

The Houston Astros got a walk home run from Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-4 win over the New York Yankees Saturday night to win the American League Championship Series four games to two.

In Saturday night's game, the Astros took a 4-2 lead into the ninth. After allowing a runner on base and striking one Yankees hitter out, Yankees first baseman D.J. LeMahieu blasted a two-run homer to right field just past the outreaching glove of the Astros' George Springer. New York's Aaron Judge struck out and Gleyber Torres flied to left to send the game to the bottom of the ninth tied, 4-4.

Springer reached on a base on balls with two outs in the bottom frame and Altuve launched a home run over the left-centerfield wall to give Houston a walk-off, 6-4, win.

The Astros advance to the 2019 World Series, where they will face the Washington Nationals, winners of the National League.

The 2019 World Series will begin Tuesday night with Game 1 in Houston. Game 2 will be Wednesday night in Houston before the Series shifts to Washington. Here is the World Series 2019 schedule:

Game 1 — Washington at Houston (Tuesday, Oct. 22)
Game 2 — Washington at Houston (Wednesday, Oct. 23)
Game 3 — Houston at Washington (Friday, Oct. 25)
Game 4 — Houston at Washington (Saturday, Oct. 26)
Game 5 — Houston at Washington* (Sunday, Oct. 27)
Game 6 — Washington at Houston* (Tuesday, Oct. 29)
Game 7 — Washington at Houston* (Wednesday, Oct. 30)
* If necessary

All games are scheduled to start just after 8 p.m. ET, and all games will be televised on Fox. The starting pitchers for neither club have been announced. The series is a best-of-7, which means the first team to win four games will take the Series.

The Washington Nationals are making their first-ever appearance as a franchise. The Nationals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-4, on Tuesday to complete a four-game sweep in the National League Championship Series.

A team from Washington has not made the World Series since the Washington Senators made the World Series in 1933, when they lost.

This is only the fourth time a Washington team has made the World Series, joining the squads from 1924, 1925 and 1933—all as American League teams then. Only the 1924 team won a title over the then-New York Giants, who later moved to San Francisco.

Washington did not have a team for several decades before the old Montreal Expos left Canada for America's capital. The Nationals were 19-31 in May 2019 and had to claw their way back to a Wild Card spot in the playoffs. They defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in the WIld Card game, then needed all five games to knock off the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division Series. The Dodgers were the two-time defending NLCS champs—World Series runners-up in both 2017 and 2018.

The Astros, playing in their third-ever Fall Classic—all this century, are looking for their second World Series championship in three years. They defeated the Dodgers in an epic seven-game classic in 2017. The Astros' only other appearance was in 2005 as a member of the National League, and they were swept by the AL's Chicago White Sox four games to zero that year.

The Astros had the best regular-season in all of Major League Baseball this year with 107 wins against just 55 losses. They needed five games to put away the Wild Card Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS before facing the Yankees.

The Nationals had a 93-69 record in regular season this year.

The Astros are loaded in both pitching and hitting. Their starting rotation of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke is considered to be one of the most formidable in all of baseball. On the flip side, the Nationals have an almost equally-strong starting rotation in Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin.

The Astros lineup consists of Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Yuli Gurriel, Michael Brantley and Jake Marisnick. Top hitters in the Nationals lineup are Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton, Brian Dozier and Matt Adams.

Houston Astros 2019 World Series
Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros reacts to a single by teammate Michael Brantley (not pictured) against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning in game six of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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