Alvarez hits Astros to World Series title

Yordan Alvarez has hit a towering three-run go-ahead homer to help the Houston Astros clinch their second World Series title in six seasons and get Dusty Baker his first crown as a manager with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6.

As Alvarez's 450-foot blast in the sixth inning disappeared, Astros starter Framber Valdez jumped and wildly screamed in the dugout as fans in Saturday night's home crowd of 42,948 went into a frenzy waving their orange rally towels.

"When I was rounding second base, I felt the whole stadium moving," Alvarez said.

Baker finally got his first title in his 25th season as a manager, the past three since being hired by the Astros to help the team regain credibility after the sign-stealing scandal that cost manger A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs, and made Houston the most reviled team in baseball.

The 73-year-old Baker, who had been to the World Series twice before as a skipper, is the oldest championship manager.

"What's next? I said if I win one, I want to win two," Baker said, after being mobbed in the dugout by a coaching and training staff chanting "Dusty! Dusty! Dusty!".

Astros rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena was the World Series MVP after getting another key hit, a single to set up Alvarez's drive.

The 25-year-old star, born in the Dominican Republic, also won a Gold Glove award and AL Championship Series MVP. He is the first hitter to win those three awards in a career, and he did it all in his first season.

Alvarez's homer made it 3-1. It was the first time the Cuban slugger connected since the first two games this postseason.

Christian Vazquez added an RBI single later in the inning to make it 4-1.

Valdez earned his second win of this Series. He had been in the dugout only a few minutes after throwing his 93rd and final pitch while striking out nine over six innings.

But the lefty had walked off the mound with the wild-card Phillies up 1-0 on Kyle Schwarber's solo homer leading off the sixth.

In the sixth, Houston got two runners on base against starter Zack Wheeler for the first time in the game, with Jose Altuve reaching on a forceout after a hit batter and Pena singling.

Phillies manager Rob Thomson went to left-handed reliver Jose Alvarado to face the lefty slugger for the fourth time in the series -- Alvarez had popped out twice and been hit by a pitch the first three times.

And Alvarado had allowed only three homers to left hitters in his six big league seasons, until his 2-1 pitch, when Alvarez crushed the 99 mph sinker.

Houston won an American League-best 106 games and reached their fourth World Series during a span in which they made it to the AL Championship Series six seasons in a row. The Astros made their only other World Series appearance in 2005 and were swept in four games by the Chicago White Sox.

Philadelphia was 22-29 when Joe Girardi was fired in early June and replaced by bench coach Thomson, the 59-year-old baseball gaining his first big league managerial role.

The Phillies finished the regular season 65-46 under Thomson, their 87 wins good for the sixth and final spot in the NL playoffs, on way to their first World Series since 2009.