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Astros, Phillies arrange World Series showdown

Agence France-Presse

NEW YORK – Bryce Harper’s game-winning home run on Sunday powered the Philadelphia Phillies into the World Series, where they will face Houston after the Astros swept the New York Yankees out of the Major League Baseball playoffs.

The Phillies reached the World Series for the first time in 13 years by beating San Diego 4-3 to win the best-of-seven National League Championship Series four games to one.

“We’re going to celebrate,” said Rhys Hoskins, who smacked a two-run homer in the third and four homers for the Phillies in the series.

“So much hard work has been done. It’s amazing. It has been a long time.We’ve got some work to do still, but National League champions, what a beautiful thing.”

The Astros booked their fourth World Series appearance in six seasons by edging the Yankees 6-5 in New York to capture the American League Championship Series in four straight games.

“This is amazing,” said Houston’s Alex Bregman who drove in the deciding run with a seventh-inning single.

“This team has worked so hard. Just so proud to be a part of it. So many guys stepped up.”

Houston, who won the MLB crown in 2017 but lost the final in 2019 and last year, will host the Phillies in game one of the best-of-seven World Series on Friday.

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