Rendon, a free-agent-to-be playing perhaps his final games for Washington, hit.276 (8 for 29) in the Series with two homers and eight RBIs. Scherzer, the Game 1 victor who missed his Game 5 start because of an irritated nerve near his neck, has walked one and thrown 19 of 33 pitches for strikes.
Anthony Rendon smartly grounded an RBI single through the vacant side that put Washington ahead 1-0.
The call in question involved Turner, who was called out during the seventh inning for interference at first base.
The Astros quickly bounced back. Strasburg's next pitch was in teh dirt, allowing Springer to take third.
The next batter, designated hitter Howie Kendrick, hit a two-run home run off relief pitcher Will Harris that hit the right field foul pole, giving the Nationals a 3-2 lead. "The ball took the 1st baseman off the base..."
Country star Clay Walker, outfitted in a 10-gallon hat, performed the national anthem before Game 6. The predominantly orange-clad crowd waved towels of the same colour and cheered loudly as game time approached.
Earlier, two of Houston's famed Killer B's, Hall of Famers Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell threw out ceremonial first pitches simultaneously. And, with the erasure of a 2-0 deficit on Wednesday, the Nationals became the first team in baseball history with five comeback wins when facing elimination in a single postseason.
Drexler has been an Astros fan as long as he can remember. The call was the fact that he interfered with Guriel trying to catch the ball.
Coming into the season, despite being favored by some to win the National League East, the Nationals faced the adversity of losing 2015 MVP Bryce Harper to rival Philadelphia.
Two other facts to consider: Home teams don't actually have an advantage historically in World Series Game 7s.
Greinke has been a disappointment this postseason, posting a 5.30 ERA.
With Greinke and Scherzer grunting on every pitch, Game 7 was a classic duel from the start.
It's been an unconventional road to Game 7 of the World Series for Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals.
So Gomes instead of Suzuki will be behind the plate for Scherzer, the three-time Cy Young victor who was unable to make his start in Game 5 because of an irritated nerve near his neck.
He said it would take about 48 hours for the painkiller to have an impact. Washington pitching coach Paul Menhart told Strasburg after the first inning that he was tipping pitches. The reason why? "In order to finish at.500, they'll have to play at an 89-win pace (over 162 games); to reach 90 wins, they'll need to play at a 102-win pace; to win 95, they'll have to play at a 109-win pace".
Martinez subsequently had to be restrained after becoming the first person ejected from a World Series game since Braves manager Bobby Cox in Game 6 in 1996. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported on his Twitter account that Washington catcher Kurt Suzuki said after Tuesday's game that he will start today - the Baldwin High School graduate hasn't played since suffering a hip flexor strain in Game 3.