Houston Astros advance to World Series with ALCS Game 7 win

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros are going to the World Series for the first since their only other appearance in 2005.

Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter and the Astros homered twice to take Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, 4-0. The outcome sets up a Dodgers-Astros Fall Classic that will begin Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The tandem of Morton and McCullers struck out 11 and held the Yankees to two singles and a double. The Yankees' only true scoring threat came in the fifth, when Greg Bird led off with a double off Morton and moved to third on a wild pitch. Morton got out of the jam after Bird was thrown out at the plate by third baseman Alex Bregman on a hot grounder by Todd Frazier.

Evan Gattis opened the scoring with a solo homer in the fourth off losing pitcher CC Sabathia, who was lifted later in the inning.

Houston tacked on three runs in the fifth as Jose Altuve's solo blast was followed by Brian McCann's two-run double.

McCullers entered in the sixth with a four-run lead and limited the Yankees to one hit while striking out six over four innings of relief.

The combined three-hitter came on the heels of Justin Verlander's seven shutout innings in Game 6. Verlander was named the series MVP after going 2-0 with just one run allowed in 16 innings.

The Yankees managed just 10 hits over the final two games after outscoring the Astros 19-5 in sweeping the three games in New York.

The work by Morton and McCullers would allow manager AJ Hinch to start Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 at Los Angeles, followed by Verlander.