L.A. Dodgers beat Atlanta Braves, will play Tampa Bay Rays in World Series

Dodgers head to World Series
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The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves in a hard-fought and exciting Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday night, advancing to the World Series for the third time in four years. The Braves won three of the first four games in the seven-game NLCS.

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The Dodgers, who have not won a World Series title since 1988, came back from two Braves leads in Game 7, eventually winning by one run, 4-3. Cody Bellinger scored the winning run with a homer in the seventh inning, and Mookie Betts kept the Braves to three runs with an amazing catch in the fifth inning.

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The Dodgers will pay the the Tampa Bay Rays, who clinched the American League title on Saturday night, overcoming the Houston Astros 4-2 in the seventh game of the series. It will be the Rays second-ever World Series in their 23-year history, and their first in 12 seasons. The teams will play their first World Series game on Tuesday in Arlington, Texas. The chance of another championship marks a big moment for the city of Tampa Bay, Florida, whose NHL team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, won the Stanley Cup in September. The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship last week.

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Peter Weber is a senior editor at TheWeek.com, and has handled the editorial night shift since the website launched in 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University, Peter has worked at Facts on File and The New York Times Magazine. He speaks Spanish and Italian and plays bass and rhythm cello in an Austin rock band. Follow him on Twitter.