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Nats send World Series to Game 7 with 7-2 win over Astros

So much for home-field advantage.

The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros 7-2 in Game 6 of the 2019 World Series on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park and evened the series at three apiece. The road team has won every game of the series, and Stephen Strasburg made sure that continued with an absolute masterpiece.

That means there will be a winner-take-all Game 7 at the Fall Classic for the third time in four years.

Washington is a single victory away from its first championship in franchise history, while Houston is one win away from its second in three seasons.

If Houston won Tuesday's game, it would forever be remembered for the call in the top of the seventh inning.

With Washington nursing a 3-2 lead, Trea Turner dribbled one down the third base line. An errant throw to first got away, leading to runners on second and third with nobody out. However, Turner was called out for runner's interference, kicking off a mind-blowing sequence of events that included a lengthy review for a play that wasn't reviewable because it was a judgement call and Washington protesting the game.

He was eventually called out, and Nationals manager Dave Martinez was ejected in between innings for vehemently arguing the ruling.

Fortunately for the visitors and anyone with Major League Baseball looking to avoid one of the most controversial World Series finishes in history, Anthony Rendon launched a two-run homer two batters later to give the Nationals critical breathing room in a "ball don't lie" situation.

His blast came after Adam Eaton and Juan Soto both went deep in the fifth to give Washington the lead for good.

The home runs provided the offense, and Strasburg provided the cold-blooded pitching. He allowed two runs in the first inning—one from an Alex Bregman homer—but settled in and dominated the rest of the way. He struck out Carlos Correa with two runners on in the fourth, induced a groundout from Michael Brantley with two runners on in the fifth and powered his way through 8.1 frames in one of the best performances of his career.

The formula has been fairly straightforward for the Nationals this October. They are 6-0 when Strasburg appears in a game and 5-0 when Max Scherzer appears in a game, and the latter told reporters he will be fine for Game 7 even though he was scratched from a Game 5 start with injury.

Strasburg and the home runs set the stage for Game 7.

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