At Last! Astros Earn First World Series Berth

The Houston Astros are headed to the World Series for the first time in franchise history after beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 in Game Six of the NLCS. Roy Oswalt dominated the Cardinals batters allowing a run on just three hits over seven innings. The Astros scored twice in the third against losing pitcher Mark Mulder. Brad Ausmus scored on a wild pitch and Craig Biggio added an rbi single. Jason Lane homered in the fourth but the Cardinals pushed home a run on a sacrifice fly by John Rodriguez. The Cards could have done a lot more damage in the inning but Adam Everett tagged out Yadier Molina on a bouncer back to Oswalt. TV replays appeared to show Everett missed the tag. Everett squeezed home a run in the sixth to make it 4-1 and then Morgan Ensberg added an rbi single in the seventh. Mulder went just four and two-thirds innings giving up three runs on six hits. The Astros win the series four games to two and will play the American League champion White Sox in the World Series beginning Saturday night in Chicago. It was the Cardinals final game in Busch Stadium which opened in 1966. It's being demolished to make way for a new ballpark.