World Series game 1: Braves vs Astros

By Mike Hayes and Melissa Mahtani, CNN

Updated 7:51 a.m. ET, October 27, 2021
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9:21 p.m. ET, October 26, 2021

Houston pitcher Framber Valdez gives up five early runs before leaving the game in the third

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Houston Astros' Framber Valdez reacts after loading the bases during the second inning.
Houston Astros' Framber Valdez reacts after loading the bases during the second inning. David J. Phillip/AP

The night is over for Framber Valdez.

The red-hot Eddie Rosario led off the third inning for the Braves with a single on a breaking ball from the Houston left-hander. It was the Braves' seventh hit against the Houston starter with the game only in the top of the third.

The next man up, Adam Duvall, smoked a shot to left field that easily left the park. Braves up 5-0. Houston is going to their bullpen.

9:11 p.m. ET, October 26, 2021

Braves take a 3-0 lead early in Game 1

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies celebrates after scoring on a double by Austin Riley during the first inning.
Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies celebrates after scoring on a double by Austin Riley during the first inning. Ashley Landis/AP

The Braves extended their lead over Houston in the top of the second as Jorge Soler knocked in another run with a ground ball to shortstop.

Atlanta might’ve had more in the inning if not for a poor baserunning decision by Joc Pederson, allowing himself to be tagged out between second and third for the second out on the Soler grounder.

The Braves loaded the bases up with two outs. But Framber Valdez managed to strike out Austin Riley to get himself out of the inning.

Houston’s Valdez, who pitched brilliantly in Game 5 of the ALCS vs. Boston, looks to be struggling early.

12:25 a.m. ET, October 27, 2021

Here's a look at the rest of the World Series schedule

From CNN's Leinz Vales

Take a look at the schedule for the rest of the best-of-seven series.

Here is the complete World Series schedule:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 27: Game 2
  • Friday, Oct. 29: Game 3
  • Saturday, Oct. 30: Game 4
  • Sunday, Oct. 31: Game 5 (if necessary)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 2: Game 6 (if necessary)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3: Game 7 (if necessary)

All of the games will begin at 8:09 p.m. ET, except for Game 5, which will begin at 8:15 p.m. ET. The games will all be shown on TV by Fox.

8:53 p.m. ET, October 26, 2021

Astros load the bases but come up empty

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws a pitch during the first inning.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws a pitch during the first inning. Ashley Landis/AP

Braves starter Charlie Morton gets himself out of a jam in the first. The right-hander loaded the bases but managed to get Kyle Tucker to ground out and preserve his team's 2-0 lead.

8:33 p.m. ET, October 26, 2021

Braves hitter Jorge Soler is the first player to hit a home run in the first at-bat of the World Series

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Atlanta Braves' Jorge Soler hits a home run during the first inning of Game 1 in baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday in Houston.
Atlanta Braves' Jorge Soler hits a home run during the first inning of Game 1 in baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday in Houston. David J. Phillip/AP

It was a historic start to the Fall Classic. Braves DH and leadoff man Jorge Soler took Houston's Framber Valdez deep in the first at-bat of the World Series.

Soler becomes the first player to hit a home run in the first plate appearance of a World Series.

8:22 p.m. ET, October 26, 2021

Jorge Soler leads off the World Series with a home run!

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Jorge Soler of the Atlanta Braves celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning in Game One of the World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 26 in Houston.
Jorge Soler of the Atlanta Braves celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning in Game One of the World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 26 in Houston. Elsa/Getty Images

Boom! Atlanta Braves leadoff man Jorge Soler takes Framber Valdez deep on the first at-bat of the World Series. What a start for the visitors!

Two batters later, Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies notched an infield hit then stole second. A double from the next man up, Austin Riley knocked him in to push the lead to 2-0.

Atlanta up 2-0 early in the first inning.

8:16 p.m. ET, October 26, 2021

World Series Game 1 begins in Houston

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez throws during the first inning of Game 1 in baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday in Houston.
Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez throws during the first inning of Game 1 in baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday in Houston. David J. Phillip/AP

Play ball! The World Series is officially underway at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

Framber Valdez is on the mound for the home team. The left-hander faces Jorge Soler, Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies at the top of visiting Atlanta Braves’ lineup.

7:40 p.m. ET, October 26, 2021

Here are the starting lineups for both teams

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros takes batting practice prior to Game One of the World Series against the Atlanta Braves at Minute Maid Park on October 26, in Houston.
Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros takes batting practice prior to Game One of the World Series against the Atlanta Braves at Minute Maid Park on October 26, in Houston. Elsa/Getty Images

Take a look at the starting lineups that Braves manager Brian Snitker and the Astros' Dusty Baker are sending out tonight.

Atlanta Braves:

  1. Jorge Soler, DH
  2. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  3. Ozzie Albies, 2B
  4. Austin Riley, 3B
  5. Eddie Rosario, LF
  6. Adam Duvall, CF
  7. Travis d'Arnaud, C
  8. Joc Pederson, RF
  9. Dansby Swanson, SS

Houston Astros:

  1. Jose Altuve, 2B
  2. Michael Brantley, LF
  3. Alex Bregman, 3B
  4. Yordan Alvarez, DH
  5. Carlos Correa, SS
  6. Kyle Tucker, RF
  7. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
  8. Chas McCormick, CF
  9. Martín Maldonado, C

6:24 p.m. ET, October 26, 2021

The World Series begins today. Here's what you need to know ahead of the first pitch

From CNN's Eric Levenson

Major League Baseball's next champion will soon be crowned as the Atlanta Braves take on the Houston Astros in the best-of-seven World Series starting tonight.

Who's playing:

  • The Houston Astros won the American League West with a 95-67 record. They beat the Chicago White Sox in the best-of-five Division Series and then took down the Boston Red Sox in the best-of-seven Championship Series to get to the World Series.
  • The Atlanta Braves punched their ticket to the playoffs by winning the NL East with an underwhelming record of 88-73, the fewest wins of any playoff team. The Braves will be competing for their first World Series title since 1995, the only championship for the franchise while in Atlanta.

Schedule:

  • Game 1 is set for tonight, followed by Game 2 on Wednesday, both in Houston's Minute Maid Park.
  • Games 3, 4 and 5 are set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Trust Park in Atlanta, and then
  • Games 6 and 7 (if needed) will take place in Houston on Tuesday, Nov. 2 and Wednesday, Nov. 3.

How to watch:

  • All of the games will begin at 8:09 p.m. ET, except for Game 5, which will begin at 8:15 p.m. ET. The games will all be shown on TV by Fox.