Braves blank Astros, capture World Series title in Game 6

Jorge Soler smacked a mammoth three-run homer, Dansby Swanson hit a two-run blast and Max Fried pitched six shutout innings as the Atlanta Braves won their first World Series title since 1995 with a resounding 7-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.Freddie Freeman also went deep for the Braves, who won the best-of-seven series four games to two. Fried (1-1) gave up four hits and struck six without issuing a walk.Tyler Matzek struck out four and allowed one hit in two innings and Will Smith yielded one hit in the ninth before retiring Yuli Gurriel on a grounder to complete a six-hit shutout as Atlanta pitching shut down the Astros once again.All the Houston hits on Tuesday were singles. The Astros scored just four total runs in their four World Series losses, and they were blanked twice.Meanwhile, Soler became the fourth player in franchise history to hit three homers in a World Series. The others are Hall of Famer Hank Aaron (1957), Lonnie Smith (1991) and Ryan Klesko (1995).The Astros have played in the World Series three times in the past five seasons. Houston defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017 and lost to the Washington Nationals in 2019 prior to this year’s defeat.The Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians in six games in 1995 for their first World Series title in Atlanta. They relocated from Milwaukee prior to the 1966 season.Houston’s Luis Garcia (0-2) allowed three runs, two hits and one walk while striking out three in 2 2/3 innings.