Atlanta Braves win World Series

By Mike Hayes, Jason Kurtz and Leinz Vales CNN

Updated 12:39 a.m. ET, November 3, 2021
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10:54 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

Freddie Freeman adds a solo HR, Braves up 7-0

From CNN's Jason Kurtz

Freddie Freeman of the Braves is congratulated by third base coach Ron Washington after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning in Game 6.
Freddie Freeman of the Braves is congratulated by third base coach Ron Washington after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning in Game 6. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Freddie Freeman made his Major League debut with the Braves in September of 2010. It's been a long 11-year wait, but he's now less than 9 outs away from acquiring the sole missing piece on his likely Hall of Fame resume.

With his mammoth 7th inning blast, Freeman extends Atlanta's Game 6 lead to 7-0, in the process bringing that elusive World Series title that much closer.

On the night, six of the Braves' 7 runs have come courtesy of the long ball, as Freeman followed teammate Jorge Soler and Dansby Swanson's earlier dingers.

It's now 7-0 Braves as the Astros bat in the bottom of the 7th.

11:31 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

Soler joins small list in Braves history to hit 3 HR in a single World Series

From CNN's Leinz Vales

Jorge Soler of the Braves hits a three run home run during the third inning in Game 6.
Jorge Soler of the Braves hits a three run home run during the third inning in Game 6. (Elsa/Getty Images)

With Atlanta Braves Jorge Soler's latest home run in Game 6 of the 2021 World Series, the Cuban-born outfielder becomes the fourth Braves player to hit 3 home runs in a single World Series.

Soler joined Hank Aaron (1957), Lonnie Smith (1991), and Ryan Klesko (1995) on the list.

10:49 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

Atlanta holds onto 6-0 lead in the 7th

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Braves starting pitcher Max Fried walks into the dugout after the sixth inning in Game 6.
Braves starting pitcher Max Fried walks into the dugout after the sixth inning in Game 6. (David J. Phillip/AP)

The Atlanta Braves are nine outs away from the World Series title.

Atlanta's starter has delivered for his team tonight. Max Fried has thrown six scoreless innings, allowing just four singles, no walks and striking out six batters.

Atlanta 6, Houston 0.

10:06 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

Freddie Freeman and Atlanta add another run

From CNN's Jason Kurtz

Freddie Freeman of the Braves hits an RBI double during the fifth inning in Game 6.
Freddie Freeman of the Braves hits an RBI double during the fifth inning in Game 6. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Braves are starting to taste it.

One win away from the franchise's first title in more than a quarter-century, an RBI double by Atlanta mainstay Freddie Freeman extends the Braves' lead to 6-0 in the 5th.

Freeman's blast to left field was deep enough to allow Jorge Soler to score all the way from first, chasing Astros reliever Blake Taylor, and bringing in Houston's fifth pitcher of the game, Phil Maton.

Freeman's RBI comes three batters after shortstop Dansby Swanson belted a 2-run shot to put the Braves up 5-0.

It's now 6-0 Atlanta, as Houston bats in the bottom of the 5th.

9:57 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

Braves extend lead with another long ball

From CNN's Jason Kurtz

Dansby Swanson, center, of the Braves celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning in Game 6.
Dansby Swanson, center, of the Braves celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning in Game 6. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Dansby Swanson to Jorge Soler? "I see you."

Two frames after Soler's smash to left field, Atlanta's shortstop added one of his own, extending the Braves lead to 5-0.

Batting with a man on and one out, Swanson launched Christan Javier's offering 411-feet. Swanson has a pair of home runs this World Series, both coming at the expense of Javier.

The Braves' last 12 runs have come via the long ball.

Seeking their first championship since 1995, Atlanta leads 5-0 in the 5th.

9:37 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

Atlanta starter Max Fried is on tonight

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried throws during the first inning in Game 6.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried throws during the first inning in Game 6. (Eric Gay/AP)

Atlanta starter Max Fried has looked sharp through four scoreless innings tonight.

In the bottom of the fourth, Houston shortstop Carlos Correa led off with a flare to right field that dropped in for a base hit. But Fried got the next man up, Yordan Alvarez, to ground into a double play. Yuli Gurriel then grounded out to end the inning.

Fried has kept the Astros scoreless and given up just three hits while striking out two. His team is up 3-0 heading to the 5th inning.

9:12 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

Atlanta strikes first on monster home run by Jorge Soler

From CNN's Jason Kurtz

Jorge Soler of the Braves hits a three run home run during the third inning in Game 6.
Jorge Soler of the Braves hits a three run home run during the third inning in Game 6. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Braves designated hitter Jorge Soler just hit a ball into the Houston sky that may not have landed yet.

Facing Astros starter Luis Garcia with two men on, two outs, and a full count, Soler launched a 446-foot, 3-run homer to left field, giving Atlanta an early lead, and chasing Garcia from the ball game.

Garcia had been perfect through the first two innings of Game 6, but he allowed a leadoff single to Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies, and later walked left fielder Eddie Rosario to set up Soler's smash.

It's currently 3-0 Braves in the bottom of the 3rd.

8:42 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

Scoreless after one inning in Houston

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Freddie Freeman of the Braves reacts after striking out during the first inning in Game 6 on November 2.
Freddie Freeman of the Braves reacts after striking out during the first inning in Game 6 on November 2. (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Luis Garcia sat the Braves down 1-2-3 in the top half of the first. He got some help from right-fielder Kyle Tucker who made a nice diving snag on a sinking line drive by Atlanta’s leadoff man Eddie Rosario. Garcia struck out the next two batters — Jorge Soler and Freddie Freeman — to close out the frame.

Atlanta starter Max Fried faced some trouble in the bottom of the inning. Leadoff man Jorge Altuve reached on an infield hit. Then Michael Brantley got on with a soft hit ground ball to first that nearly ended in injury for Fried. While covering first base, Fried missed the bag and Brantley was called safe. The replay showed that Brantley also missed the base and stepped on Fried’s ankle.

After a quick check on Fried's ankle, he went back to work with two on and nobody out. Fried got Carlos Correa to strike out for the first out of the inning. Yordan Alvarez, who has struggled in the World Series, batting just .063 coming into tonight, grounded out. Fried then got Yuli Gurriel, the reigning AL batting champ, to strike out and get out of the jam.

We're scoreless in the 2nd inning.

8:18 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

World Series Game 6 is underway

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Luis Garcia of the Astros delivers a pitch during the first inning in Game 6 on November 2 in Houston.
Luis Garcia of the Astros delivers a pitch during the first inning in Game 6 on November 2 in Houston. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Play ball! Game 6 of the World Series starts now at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Luis Garcia is on the mound for the home team. He faces Eddie Rosario, Jorge Soler and Freddie Freeman at the top of the Atlanta Braves lineup.