Astros beat Yankees 4-0 in Game 7, reach World Series

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander holds up the MVP trophy after Game 7 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (Photo Credit: AP / Eric Christian Smith)

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) – Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined for a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees for two straight games after dropping three in a row in the Bronx.

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the first inning of Game 6 of baseball’s American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander will have plenty of rest, too, before the matchup begins at Dodger Stadium.