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Final: Astros advance to World Series on Jose Altuve’s game-winning, walk-off homer

Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, right, and starting pitcher Justin Verlander celebrate after winning Game 6 of baseball’s American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Houston. The Astros won 6-4 to win the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, right, and starting pitcher Justin Verlander celebrate after winning Game 6 of baseball’s American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Houston. The Astros won 6-4 to win the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) AP

The Houston Astros are headed back to the World Series.

Jose Altuve’s two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth gave the Astros a 6-4 win over the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu hit a dramatic, two-run homer off Astros’ closer Roberto Osuna to tie the game in the top of the inning.

The Astros won the best-of-seven series 4-2. The Yankees were trying to force a decisive Game 7 Sunday night.

The Astros host the Washington Nationals for Game 1 of the World Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Game 2 is Wednesday night before the series moves to Washington DC.

Yuli Gurriel’s three-run homer in the first gave the Astros a 3-0 lead but the Yankees scored a run in the second to pull to within 3-1. Gio Urshela’s solo homer in the 4th pulled New York to within 3-2.

The Astros pushed their lead to 4-2 with a run in the sixth.

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.
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