The Houston Astros won their first World Series title by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in the decisive seventh game.
Astros centre fielder George Springer was presented with the series’ most valuable player award after becoming the first man to hit home runs in four successive World Series games, and only the third to hit five homers in the same Fall Classic.
After Houston went 2-0 ahead in the first inning and Darvish’s opposite number McCullers Jr drove in a third, Springer’s two-run shot prompted Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to lift his starter with the score 5-0.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers, who had the highest payroll and the best regular-season record in Major League Baseball this year, stranded eight baserunners in their first five innings.
After four scoreless innings from their ace Clayton Kershaw, pitching in relief on two days’ rest, the hosts rallied in the sixth as pinch-hitter Andre Ethier drove in a run.
However, Houston right-hander Charlie Morton kept the Dodgers quiet for the final three innings.
The Astros – in their 56th year in the majors – had appeared in only one previous World Series, when they were swept 4-0 by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.
The Dodgers have not won the World Series since 1988.
“It’s a tough one – we just didn’t get it done,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
“We went a little further than we did last year and I expect us to be in this same position next year.”