Braves smack Astros in Game 1 of World Series despite losing Charlie Morton

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HOUSTON — Whether they wanted to oregon not, the Braves stayed connected publication connected Tuesday night.

Jorge Soler and Adam Duvall homered and the Braves won Game 1 of the World Series with a 6-2 triumph implicit the Astros astatine Minute Maid Park contempt the nonaccomplishment of Charlie Morton, who was knocked retired with a breached leg — but not earlier the right-hander got 5 much outs aft suffering the injury.

Atlanta won conscionable 88 games successful the regular season, didn’t spell implicit .500 until Aug. 6 and overcame season-ending injuries to Ronald Acuña, Jr. (ACL) and Mike Soroka (Achilles) — arsenic good arsenic the lack of Marcell Ozuna, who was placed connected administrative permission aft helium was arrested for the alleged battle of his wife.

Now the Braves are 3 victories from their archetypal rubric since 1999 aft piecing unneurotic different win.

Soler drilled a leadoff homer to near connected a 2-0 transportation disconnected Framber Valdez. It was the archetypal clip successful World Series past the archetypal batter successful the archetypal inning of the archetypal crippled deed a location run. And it came successful Soler’s archetypal commencement since investigating affirmative for COVID-19 earlier Game 4 of the NLDS.

Adam Duvall celebrates aft  belting a two-run homer successful  the 3rd  inning of the Braves' 6-2 triumph   implicit    the Astros.Adam Duvall celebrates aft belting a two-run homer successful the 3rd inning of the Braves’ 6-2 triumph implicit the Astros.UPI

Valdez’s nighttime lone got worse from there.

After a bully play by Jose Altuve to get Freddie Freeman for the archetypal out, Ozzie Albies reached connected a dilatory grounder to Valdez and stole second. Valdez past fell down Austin Riley, 3-0 and Riley followed with an RBI treble to left-center to marque it 2-0.

The Astros threatened successful the bottommost of the inning against Morton, with a one-out azygous by Michael Brantley and two-out walks to Yordan Alvarez and Carlos Correa to load the bases for Kyle Tucker.

Tucker grounded 1 into abbreviated right, wherever Albies made a good play to his near and a beardown propulsion to archetypal for the last retired to support it a two-run game.

Travis d’Arnaud and Joc Pederson singled to unfastened the 2nd disconnected Valdez and Dansby Swanson deed a alert shot to the way successful halfway to determination up some runners.

Soler drove successful his 2nd tally of the crippled with a grounder to abbreviated to marque it 3-0, but Pederson was thrown retired astatine third.

The Braves’ nighttime took a crook erstwhile Morton took a hard comebacker disconnected his close ankle from Yuli Gurriel to pb disconnected the bottommost of the 2nd — the play that yet knocked him retired of the game. First though, helium struck retired Chas McCormick and got Martin Maldonado to enactment to first.

Meanwhile, Atlanta kept pounding Valdez. Eddie Rosario started the 3rd with a azygous and Duvall ending the lefty’s nighttime with a two-run homer that gave Atlanta a 5-0 lead.

Houston brought successful Yimi Garcia, who retired the adjacent 3 batters.

Morton was yet forced from the crippled with 1 retired successful the bottommost of the third. He stumbled connected his last transportation of the night, which was bully capable to onslaught retired Altuve looking.

A limping Morton was diagnosed with a fractured close fibula — ending his World Series.

A.J. Minter entered and instantly allowed a treble to Brantley, but retired Alex Bregman and Alvarez to extremity the inning. The left-hander went connected to propulsion a career-high 43 pitches implicit 2 ²/₃ innings.

Astros' Yuli Gurriel reacts dejectedly aft  getting thrown retired  astatine  2nd  going for a treble  successful  the eighth inning.Astros’ Yuli Gurriel reacts dejectedly aft getting thrown retired astatine 2nd going for a treble successful the eighth inning.Getty Images

Jake Odorizzi took implicit for the Astros to commencement the fourth.

The Astros began to travel backmost successful the fourth. Tucker doubled disconnected Minter with 1 retired and moved to 3rd connected a azygous by Gurriel. With runners connected the corners, McCormick deed a grounder to abbreviated that could person resulted successful an inning-ending treble play. Instead, Swanson booted it. Tucker scored and Gurriel got to 3rd arsenic McCormick reached safely.

With runners connected the corners, Minter whiffed Maldonado and got Altuve connected a popular up, which helium caught himself.

Down 6-1 successful the eighth, the Astros scored a tally and Gurriel belted a two-out changeable precocious disconnected the partition successful left-center, but was thrown retired astatine 2nd by Rosario.

Atlanta’s bullpen went connected to let conscionable a brace of runs successful 6 ²/₃ innings, arsenic the Braves improved to 20-5 since Sept. 19.