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Alex Cora comes to Red Sox a world champion after Astros' Game 7 win

Rob Bradford
November 01, 2017 - 11:59 pm

Expect Alex Cora to be introduced as the next Red Sox manager over the weekend. And when he sits in front of the media at Fenway Park, he will be doing so a world champion for the second time in his professional baseball career.

Houston's bench coach was able to celebrate as a world champ for the first time since winning the World Series with the Red Sox in 2007, earning the right thanks to a 5-1 win for the Astros over the Dodgers the teams' World Series Game 7. (For a complete recap of the game, click here.)

Houston punctuated a classic seven games with a somewhat lopsided final game, driving Dodgers starter Yu Darvish from the game with five runs in the first two innings. Darvish would be replaced after retiring just five batters.

The big blow came from George Springer, who hit his fifth homer of the series, this one a second-inning, three-run blast.

The Astros pieced together their pitching, with Lance McCullers (2 1/3 innings), Brad Peacock (2 innings), Francisco Liriano (1/3 inning), Chris Devenski (1/3 inning) and Charlie Morton (4 innings) forcing the Dodgers to go just 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

It was the first world championship in the history of the Astros franchise.