Soler’s blast kickstarts Braves’ 6-2 win

Former Royal Jorge Soler got things booming with a home run on his first swing of the game Tuesday to open the 2021 World Series with a home run. The Atlanta Braves defeated Houston, 6-2, but also lost pitcher Charlie Morton to a broken leg in the process.

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October 27, 2021 - 9:49 AM

The Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel reacts after being thrown out at second base against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday. Photo by Patrick Smith / Getty Images / TNS

HOUSTON (AP) — A healthy swing by Jorge Soler powered the Atlanta Braves to a smashing start in the World Series.

In the lineup for the first time since a positive COVID-19 test, Soler became the first player to begin a World Series with a home run and the Braves, despite the loss of pitcher Charlie Morton to a broken leg, hushed the Houston Astros 6-2 Tuesday night in Game 1.

Boosted by a strong bullpen effort, Adam Duvall’s two-run homer and a late sacrifice fly from Freddie Freeman, the Braves coasted in their first Series appearance since Chipper Jones and their Big Three aces ascended in 1999.

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