Astros sweep aside Yankees to reach World Series for fourth time in six year

NEW YORK – They came into the house where they’re hated the most and doubled down on their dominance, 

leaning on a burgeoning star and a bevy of old ones to return to a place that now seems a birthright for the Houston Astros. 

Atop the American League.

Five years after winning a World Series thanks in part to an illegal sign-stealing operation and three years after their tawdry scheme became public, 

the Astros came into Yankee Stadium and laid waste to a flawed nemesis, 

sweeping away the New York Yankees in the American Championship Series and qualifying for their fourth World Series in the past six seasons. 

The end came Sunday night, when a Yankee error opened the door for a two-run rally capped by Alex Bregman’s go-ahead single, 

pushing the Astros to a 6-5 victory and a Fall Classic date with the Philadelphia Phillies.