Altuve homer sends Astros to World Series

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 21 Oct 2019

Jose Altuve hit a two-run walk off homer to lift the Houston Astros to a 6-4 win over the New York Yankees and punch their ticket to baseball's World Series for the second time in three years.

Altuve's dramatic blast with two outs in the bottom of the ninth came after the Yankees' DJ LeMahieu had tied the marathon contest with a home run in the top half of the inning.

Superb defense from outfielders Josh Reddick and Michael Brantley, who made game-saving diving catches in back-to-back late innings, also helped the Astros clinch the American League Championship series in six games.

The Astros, who captured the World Series title in 2017, will host the upstart Washington Nationals in a best-of-seven championship series starting on Wednesday (HK time).

"I get asked to describe Jose Altuve all the time," Houston manager AJ Hinch said. "I think MVP is what he is."

Altuve's homer off Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman travelled 407 feet to left field and drove in George Springer.

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