World Series 2021: Atlanta Braves beat Houston Astros 6-2 in game one but lose Charlie Morton to injury

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Jorge Soler's homer was the first home run by a World Series batter.

The Atlanta Braves were able to defeat the Houston Astros 6-2 in their opening game of the World Series.

Jorge Soler scored a home run in the game's third pitch and soon added another run to make it 5-0 at Houston's Minute Maid Park.

The Astros had eight hits, but were able to strand nine baserunners.

Charlie Morton, Braves' starting pitcher, has been ruled out of the remainder of the best-of-7 series due to a fractured fibula.

Houston's 2017 World Series champion Morton was welcomed back to Texas by his former teammate Yuli Gurriel. However, he was struck in the second inning by a line drive from Yuli Gurriel and was taken off the field in the third. If necessary, he would have been expected start game five.

Astros starter FramberValdez had already been ended by Duvall's homerun, so both teams needed more than six innings of their bullpens.

After Morton had loaded the bases with runners in the bottom of the 1st, the hosts failed to score. Chas McCormick scored a run when Dansby Swanson, Braves shortstop, made an error.

Swanson did his part when he ran home on Freddie Freeman’s sacrifice fly in eighth to make it 6-1. However, Carlos Correa drove in Yordan Avarez but Houston couldn't conjure up the rally they needed.

After the incredible 2019 series, which saw all seven games being won by visitors, the Washington Nationals won 4-3, they have lost five consecutive World Series games at their home.

The second game will be played in Houston on Wednesday night.

Astros starter Valdez faced fifteen batters and gave away eight hits. This is the shortest World Series game one start ever since 2005, when Houston's Roger Clemens was injured in his hamstring.


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