Bon Voyage: Road teams win 1st 5 Series games for 3rd time

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Washington Nationals' Juan Soto celebrates with Ryan Zimmerman after scoring on a hit by Asdrubal Cabrera during the seventh inning of Game 2 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

WASHINGTON, DC – The highlight film of this year's World Series could be a double feature with all those Bob Hope/Bing Crosby movies: "On the Road."

For just the third time in Series history, the visiting team has won the first five games.

"We play the villain pretty well," Washington right fielder Adam Eaton said.

In a tale of two cities, the Nationals outscored the Astros 17-7 in the first two games at Minute Maid Park last week. After the travel day, Houston had a capital time in Washington, outscoring the Nats 19-3.

Road-field advantage?

"I think I would have rather played the last three games on the road, with the outcome," Washington shortstop Trea Turner said with a chuckle.

This is the first time the road team won the first five games since 1996, when the Braves rocked the New York Yankees by a combined 16-1 in two games to spurt ahead on the road, lost the final three games played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, then were beaten in Game 6 in the Bronx.

Going back to the Windy City Series of 1906, when the home team alternated each day, the Chicago White Sox won Games 1, 3 and 5 at the West Side Grounds and the Cubs took Games 2 and 4 at South Side Park. The White Sox finally gave the home faithful something to cheer in Game 6, bursting to a six-run lead and winning 8-3.