[ti:Washington Nationals Win Team's First World Series]
[00:00.04]The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros Wednesday night
[00:06.13]to win the professional baseball championship in the United States.
[00:11.80]The game took place in Houston, Texas, on the homefield of the Astros.
[00:19.60]It was the seventh and deciding game of Major League Baseball's so-called World Series
[00:27.16]– even though countries from around the world do not compete.
[00:32.48]All the teams are from the U.S. except one: The Toronto Blue Jays of Canada.
[00:40.92]The score of the final World Series game was five to two.
[00:46.23]It was the first World Series championship for the Nationals, or Nats.
[00:54.64]The team had to depend on what had become a defining part
[01:00.00]of their recent performances, coming from behind late in the game.
[01:06.84]Team manager Dave Martinez, who had faced calls for his dismissal
[01:13.09]earlier in the season, spoke of resiliency.
[01:17.20]He said that the team needed only to win that day's game to turn things around.
[01:25.40]"Guess what, we stayed in the fight," Martinez said Wednesday,
[01:30.12]repeating what had become a team slogan.
[01:33.76]"We won the fight," he added.
[01:37.80]The Astros scored one run each in the 2nd and 5th innings of the game.
[01:45.32]Washington had scored zero.
[01:48.71]But in the seventh inning, the direction of the game turned
[01:53.57]when Nats player Anthony Rendon stepped up to the plate.
[01:58.68]He hit a homerun, and the Nationals were on the scoreboard.
[02:05.16]Two more runs followed, when Nats player Howie Kendrick hit a two run homer.
[02:12.18]The Astros never scored another run.
[02:15.72]The Nats scored another run in the 8th and two more in the 9th.
[02:22.96]"The way this game went is the way this whole season went,"
[02:26.90]said Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who was the team's first player chosen
[02:34.32]after it moved from Montreal, Canada to Washington in 2005.
[02:40.64]"What a story. What a fun year, man," Zimmerman said.
[02:46.24]Nats pitcher Stephen Strasburg received the most valuable player award of the World Series.
[02:53.73]He won Game 1 and Game 6 of the series with only two runs against him.
[03:00.88]He struck out seven batters in each game.
[03:05.00]Strasburg called the experience of winning a championship "surreal."
[03:11.88]"To be able to do it with this group of guys is something special," he said. "We didn't quit."
[03:19.44]The series itself made history.
[03:22.44]Each visiting team won each of the seven games.
[03:27.37]Washington won games one, two, six and seven in Houston,
[03:34.08]while Houston won games three, four and five in Washington.
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