Earned History: The Houston Astros' World Series run
Author: Lisa Carter
Published: 7:52 PM CST December 20, 2017
Updated: 7:52 PM CST December 20, 2017
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For decades, Houston fans longed for the moment they'd see their beloved Astros win a World Series title. They experienced heartbreak, pain and loss for years.

That is, until Nov. 1, 2017.

On that day, the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 of the World Series. It was classic. Memorable. Historic.

It was earned.

Four years earlier, the Astros finished the season 51-111. The next year, in 2014, Sports Illustrated predicted they would be 2017 World Series Champions.

To non-Astros fans, the team was a joke. Almost no one believed Houston could go from a 100-plus-loss season to world champions. Then came the 2017 postseason.

With five wins against the Boston Red Sox for the American League Division Series title and seven against the New York Yankees for the American League Championship, Houston advanced to the World Series. It's a road to the championship that included a 101-61 regular season record, a trade for star pitcher Justin Verlander and an offense that put up record numbers for the franchise.

The World Series itself became an all-time classic full of drama, surprises and a Game 7 baseball fans everywhere deserved.

Here's a look at how the Houston Astros won the World Series.

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Earned History: The Houston Astros' World Series run

Chapter 1

Astros prepare for World Series Game 1

The day before the World Series was unusually hot for Los Angeles. But that didn't faze the groundskeeping crew, who was putting finishing touches on the World Series logos along the first- and third-base lines.

The triple-digit temperatures also didn't faze the Astros, who had prepared all season for this moment. There were no signs of nervousness among the players in their interactions with the media and as they took batting practice that evening.

Field preparation for Game 1 of the World Series tomorrow! Are you ready, Astros fans?

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‪George Springer talks being on the 2014 Sports Illustrated cover that predicted the Astros would win the World Series in 2017.‬

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Photos: Behind the scenes at Dodger Stadium before the World Series

Chapter 2

World Series Game 1

LIVE BLOG: Astros fall to Dodgers in Game 1

That relaxed Astros team showed up before Game 1 of the World Series. They seemed prepared to face baseball's best pitcher in Clayton Kershaw.

‪Astros take batting practice before Game 1 of the World Series. Two hours 'til first pitch! #EarnHistory‬

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Photos: Astros, Dodgers take batting practice ahead of World Series Game 1

The first game was a huge test for Houston. The team struggled against Kershaw, who held Houston to three hits in the Astros' 3-1 loss.

Third baseman Alex Bregman accounted for Houston's only score: a solo home run in the fourth inning off of Kershaw. Chris Taylor's home run off of Dallas Keuchel in the first inning and Justin Turner's 2-run homer in the sixth off of Keuchel secured the first victory for the Dodgers.

As surprising as the triple-digit temperatures for Los Angeles was the length of the game. At just 2 hours and 28 minutes, Game 1 set a record for the fastest World Series game played since 1992.

Photos: Astros fans spotted at World Series Game 1 inside Dodger Stadium

Chapter 3

World Series Game 2

LIVE BLOG: Astros get historic 1st win in extra innings

Any worries the Astros had after their Game 1 loss certainly didn't show in a wild Game 2.

After trailing 3-1 going into the eighth inning, Houston stunned Los Angeles 7-6 in an 11-inning instant classic.

Those quiet bats the Astros had in Game 1 woke up in the second game, thanks to Carlos Correa’s RBI single in the eighth and Marwin Gonzalez’s solo home run off of Kenley Jansen in the ninth to force extra innings. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa hit back-to-back home runs off of Josh Fields in the 10th to take the lead, but the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig's home run off of Ken Giles and Kike Hernandez's RBI single tied the game at 5 in the bottom of the 10th.

It was George Springer's two-run homer off of Brandon McCarthy in the top of the 11th that sealed the Astros' victory -- their first World Series win in franchise history.

Photos: Astros fans at Dodger Stadium for World Series Game 2

Chapter 4

World Series Game 3

LIVE BLOG: Astros win 5-3, take 2-1 series lead

In their first home game of the series at Minute Maid Park, the Astros gave their fans a 5-3 victory over the Dodgers behind a solid five innings from Lance McCullers and four runs in the second inning from the offense.

However, the future for the Astros' Yulieski Gurriel was in question after he made a slant-eye gesture and seemed to say “chinito,’’ meaning “little Chinese guy,’’ in Spanish to Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish. The gesture later resulted in a five-game suspension to be enforced next season.

Darvish was pulled after the four-run second inning, marking the shortest outing of his MLB career. Houston scored once more in the fifth inning to seal the Astros' first World Series win at home.

Photos: Game 3 a real treat for Astros fans