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Atlanta Braves win World Series for the first time since 1995

Jorge Soler of the Atlanta Braves is congratulated after hitting a three run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning in Game Six of the World Series. The Atlanta Braves may win the World Series. But they face a tougher opponent off the field The Braves’ lead grew to 5-0 in the top of the fifth when Atlanta-area native Dansby Swanson crushed a two-run homer off Astros reliever Cristian Javier. Albies, who had walked to lead off the inning, scored ahead of Swanson.

"I just kept battling it out, I’d seen his stuff or whatever, so I was sitting on the off-speed, and I was thinking to myself, if he throws me an off-speed pitch, I can connect and drive the ball," Soler said through an interpreter. "If he throws me a fastball, I’m just going to try to stay alive during this at-bat. I got to 3-2, and I didn’t want the same thing to happen on the first inning at-bat where I struck out on the off-speed pitch. So I was just kind of getting prepared for that."

The pitch came in at 83 mph and left much quicker than that as, according to the Houston Chronicle, it ended up on a sidewalk outside the stadium.

"I knew I hit it well, but to be honest, immediately after I hit it, I turned around just to look at our dugout and start celebrating," Soler said.

One out and two batters later, Freeman doubled home Soler, who had walked, making the score 6-0.

Freeman, who could potentially be a free agent after the season, blasted a solo home run in the top of the seventh off Houston’s Ryne Stanek to make it 7-0.

Atlanta starting pitcher Max Fried was spectacular, striking out six in six innings and giving up just four singles. Two of those baserunners were erased on double plays, with Fried starting one of them.

"His fastball was really good and the slider," Astros leadoff hitter Jose Altuve said. "He was way better than the first game. He pitched good. He didn’t use his curveball too much tonight, but fastball, slider, changeup was really good. He was almost unhittable." The Astros and the Braves line up for the national anthem prior to the first pitch of Game 1 in Houston. Photos: The 2021 World Series Photos: The 2021 World Series Photos: The 2021 World Series Photos: The 2021 World Series Photos: The 2021 World Series Photos: The 2021 World Series Photos: The 2021 World Series Photos: The 2021 World Series Photos: The 2021 World Series Photos: The 2021 World Series Photos: The 2021 World Series Photos: The 2021 World Series Photos: The 2021 World Series Relievers Tyler Matzek and Will Smith pitched the final three innings. The three Braves hurlers combined to strike out 10, throwing 121 pitches, two-thirds of them for strikes.

"This whole World Series, world championship, you can’t say enough about our pitching," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. Snitker, who has been a part of the Braves’ organization […]

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