Washington Nationals Win Team's First World Series
The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros Wednesday night to win the professional baseball championship in the United States. The game took place in Houston, Texas, on the homefield of the Astros.
It was the seventh and deciding game of Major League Baseball's so-called World Series – even though countries from around the world do not compete. All the teams are from the U.S. except one: The Toronto Blue Jays of Canada.
The score of the final World Series game was five to two. It was the first World Series championship for the Nationals, or Nats.
The team had to depend on what had become a defining part of their recent performances, coming from behind late in the game.
'We stayed in the fight'
Team manager Dave Martinez, who had faced calls for his dismissal earlier in the season, spoke of resiliency. He said that the team needed only to win that day's game to turn things around.
"Guess what, we stayed in the fight," Martinez said Wednesday, repeating what had become a team slogan. "We won the fight," he added.
The Astros scored one run each in the 2nd and 5th innings of the game. Washington had scored zero. But in the seventh inning, the direction of the game turned when Nats player Anthony Rendon stepped up to the plate. He hit a homerun, and the Nationals were on the scoreboard.
Two more runs followed, when Nats player Howie Kendrick hit a two run homer. The Astros never scored another run. The Nats scored another run in the 8th and two more in the 9th.
A game like the season
"The way this game went is the way this whole season went," said Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who was the team's first player chosen after it moved from Montreal, Canada to Washington in 2005. "What a story. What a fun year, man," Zimmerman said.
Nats pitcher Stephen Strasburg received the most valuable player award of the World Series. He won Game 1 and Game 6 of the series with only two runs against him. He struck out seven batters in each game. Strasburg called the experience of winning a championship "surreal."
"To be able to do it with this group of guys is something special," he said. "We didn't quit."
The series itself made history. Each visiting team won each of the seven games. Washington won games one, two, six and seven in Houston, while Houston won games three, four and five in Washington.
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周三晚上，华盛顿国民队击败休斯敦太空人队，赢得美国职业棒球冠军 。这场比赛是在得克萨斯州休斯敦市举行，这里也是太空人队的主场 。
这是美国职业棒球联盟世界大赛的第七场，也是决定性的一场比赛，虽然世界各国没有派队参加 。除了加拿大多伦多蓝鸟队外，其它球队均来自美国 。
这场世界大赛最后一场比赛的比分是5:2 。这是华盛顿国民队首次赢得世界大赛冠军 。
赛季初期曾被叫喊着辞职的球队教练戴夫·马丁内斯谈到了韧性 。他表示，球队只要赢得当天比赛就能扭转局势 。
周三，马丁内斯表示：“你猜怎么着，我们一直在战斗 。”这句话后来成为球队的口号 。他补充说：“我们获胜了 。”
太空人队在这场比赛的第2轮和第5轮中分别得到1分 。华盛顿国民队得了0分 。但是在第7局中，当国民队球员安东尼·伦登进了本垒板，比赛的局势开始扭转 。他打出了全垒打，国民队首次得分 。
当国民队球员霍伊·肯德瑞克（Howie Kendrick）两次打出本垒打，球队再得2分 。太空人队之后再没得分 。国民队在第8局再得1分，第9局再得2分 。
国民队第一垒手莱恩·齐默尔曼表示：“这场赛事就像我们整个赛季一样 。”2005年齐默尔曼从加拿大蒙特利尔搬到华盛顿后，成为了国民队第一位选中的球员 。齐默尔曼表示：“伙计，多么离奇的新闻，多么有趣的一年啊 。”
国民队投手史蒂芬·斯特拉斯堡（Stephen Strasburg）获得世界大赛最有价值球员奖 。他赢下了本轮系列赛的第1场和第6场比赛仅仅丢了2分 。他每场比赛打出了7个连击 。斯特拉斯堡称，这次夺冠的经历太过“梦幻 。”
他说：“能够跟队员们合力夺冠很特别 。我们没有半途而废 。”
这轮系列赛本身也创造了历史 。每个客队都赢得了7场比赛中的每一场客场比赛 。华盛顿国民队在休斯敦市赢下了第一、第二、第六和第七场比赛，而休斯顿太空人队在华盛顿市赢下了第三、第四和第五场比赛 。