Braves sit just one win away from a fourth World Series title in Game 6 vs. Astros

Hoping to secure the World Series title they failed to clinch on Sunday in Atlanta, the Braves hold an early 3-0 lead over the Astros in Game 6 at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. 

Designated hitter Jorge Soler hit a three-run home run 446 feet to left off of Houston starter Luis Garcia in the top of the third inning. The ball not only cleared the left-field bleachers, but actually flew out of Minute Maid Park, which had its retractable roof open on a warm Tuesday night.

Houston manager Dusty Baker shook his head as he watched the Braves take another huge early lead. The Astros fell behind 4-0 after a grand slam by Adam Duvall in the first inning of Game 5 before rallying for the 9-5 win.

The homer chased García. Brooks Raley took over and Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman grounded out for the third out of the inning. 

Atlanta starting pitcher Max Fried needed only eight pitches to retire three straight Houston batters in the bottom of the second inning to keep Game 6 scoreless.

Designated hitter Jorge Soler hit a three-run home run 446 feet to left off of Houston starter Luis Garcia in the top of the third

Designated hitter Jorge Soler hit a three-run home run 446 feet to left off of Houston starter Luis Garcia in the top of the third

Designated hitter Jorge Soler hit a three-run home run 446 feet to left off of Houston starter Luis Garcia in the top of the third

Jorge Soler of the Atlanta Braves hits a three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning of Game 6

Jorge Soler of the Atlanta Braves hits a three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning of Game 6

Jorge Soler of the Atlanta Braves hits a three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning of Game 6

Astros fans look on as Jorge Soler launches a Luis Garcia offering 446-feet over the left-field bleachers and out of the park

Astros fans look on as Jorge Soler launches a Luis Garcia offering 446-feet over the left-field bleachers and out of the park

Astros fans look on as Jorge Soler launches a Luis Garcia offering 446-feet over the left-field bleachers and out of the park

Houston right fielder Kyle Tucker robs Atlanta leadoff hitter Eddie Rosario of a hit in the top half of the first inning of Game 6

Houston right fielder Kyle Tucker robs Atlanta leadoff hitter Eddie Rosario of a hit in the top half of the first inning of Game 6

Houston right fielder Kyle Tucker robs Atlanta leadoff hitter Eddie Rosario of a hit in the top half of the first inning of Game 6

Houston Astros' Michael Brantley steps on Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried on the way to first during the first inning

Houston Astros' Michael Brantley steps on Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried on the way to first during the first inning

Houston Astros’ Michael Brantley steps on Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried on the way to first during the first inning

Max Fried attempts to pick off a runner during a scoreless first inning in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday in Houston

Max Fried attempts to pick off a runner during a scoreless first inning in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday in Houston

Max Fried attempts to pick off a runner during a scoreless first inning in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday in Houston

Fried appeared to be OK after getting spiked on the right foot when trying to cover first base on a strange play in the first. The lefty has retired six in a row since allowing a leadoff single to Jose Altuve in the first, and then getting stepped on by Michael Brantley.

Kyle Tucker opened the Astros second with a grounder, before Alex Bregman fouled out down the right field line and Jose Siri flew out.

Houston right-hander Luis Garcia struck out Austin Riley to open the second inning, giving the Astros rookie right-handed starter three consecutive strikeouts – against the Nos. 2-4 hitters in Atlanta’s lineup.

After Riley struck out, Garcia wrapped up his second consecutive 1-2-3 inning when Adam Duvall grounded out and Joc Pederson hit a routine flyball. 

A young Atlanta Braves fan gets a close-up look at warm ups before Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Houston

A young Atlanta Braves fan gets a close-up look at warm ups before Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Houston

A young Atlanta Braves fan gets a close-up look at warm ups before Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Houston

The Astros stranded runners at second and third base in the first inning off Fried.

Jose Altuve reached on an infield single to the shortstop hole leading off, and Michael Brantley hit a slow roller to first baseman Freddie Freeman. Fried took an indirect route to the base, and Brantley stepped on the pitcher’s foot and went past the bag without touching it. The Braves did not ask for a video review while checking that Fried was OK.

Fried struck out Carlos Correa, Yordan Álvarez advanced the runners with a grounder and Fried struck out Yuli Gurriel with a 98.4 mph fastball, his fastest pitch of the year.

Garcia opened the first by retiring three straight batters for Houston, throwing nine of 12 pitches for strikes and reaching 96.5 mph, up from his 93.5 mph average during the regular season.

He retired Eddie Rosario on a soft fly toward the right field line, with 6-foot-4 Kyle Tucker making a diving catch 275 feet from home plate.

Garcia struck out Soler on a full-count cutter and Freeman on a fastball.

Luis Garcia started for Houston and got some help right fielder Kyle Tucker, who robbed Braves leadoff hitter Eddie Rosario

Luis Garcia started for Houston and got some help right fielder Kyle Tucker, who robbed Braves leadoff hitter Eddie Rosario

Luis Garcia started for Houston and got some help right fielder Kyle Tucker, who robbed Braves leadoff hitter Eddie Rosario

Ozzie Albies (left) speaks with coach Ron Washington of the Atlanta Braves batting practice prior to Game 6 on Tuesday

Ozzie Albies (left) speaks with coach Ron Washington of the Atlanta Braves batting practice prior to Game 6 on Tuesday

Ozzie Albies (left) speaks with coach Ron Washington of the Atlanta Braves batting practice prior to Game 6 on Tuesday 

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. arrives for batting practice before Game 6 on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. arrives for batting practice before Game 6 on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. arrives for batting practice before Game 6 on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park

Fans watch during batting practice before Game 6 of baseball's World Series between the Astros and the Braves on Tuesday

Fans watch during batting practice before Game 6 of baseball's World Series between the Astros and the Braves on Tuesday

Fans watch during batting practice before Game 6 of baseball’s World Series between the Astros and the Braves on Tuesday

An Atlanta Braves fan holds up a sign during batting practice before Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Houston

An Atlanta Braves fan holds up a sign during batting practice before Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Houston

An Atlanta Braves fan holds up a sign during batting practice before Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Houston

A fan catches a fly ball during batting practice before Game 6 on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston

A fan catches a fly ball during batting practice before Game 6 on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston

A fan catches a fly ball during batting practice before Game 6 on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston

The World Series has its highest broadcast viewership since 2019 — with 13.9 million tuned in during Sunday’s Game 5 alone across Fox platforms.

Atlanta’s 3-2 win over Houston on Saturday night received a 5.65 rating, 15 share and 10,511,000 viewers on Fox, the network said Tuesday.

That was up 12 percent over the roughly 9.38 million who watched Tampa Bay’s 8-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of last year’s neutral-site World Series in Arlington, Texas. It’s also 2 percent more than the approximate 10.28 million viewers for the Astros’ 8-1 rout of Washington in Game 4 of 2019.

When taking into account Fox Deportes and people who streamed the games, Fox said there were 10,771,000 viewers for Game 4 and 13,933,000 for Game 5.

Houston’s come-from-behind 9-5 win in Game 5 on Sunday drew a 7.38 rating, 18 share and 13,644,000 viewers.

That marked a 35 percent increase over the 10.1 million for the Dodgers’ 4-2 win in Game 5 last year and a 19 percent rise over the 11.45 million viewers for the Astros’ 7-1 win in Game 5 of 2019.

The rating is the percentage of television households tuned in to a broadcast. The share is the percentage viewing a telecast among those households with TVs on at the time.

Baseball fans look out from the outfield before game six of the 2021 World Series between the Astros and Braves in Houston

Baseball fans look out from the outfield before game six of the 2021 World Series between the Astros and Braves in Houston

Baseball fans look out from the outfield before game six of the 2021 World Series between the Astros and Braves in Houston

Country music artist Carly Pearce performed a rousing rendition of the National Anthem before the start of Game 6, where Minute Maid Park’s retractable roof was open on a beautiful 72-degree night.

Local furniture store owner Jim McIngvale, better known as Mattress Mack, who has gained celebrity status for his wild promotions and philanthropy in the community, joined a rally nun on the field as she threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The rally nuns, from the Dominican Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province, got their name when they began attending games during the ALCS and Houston won every game they attended.

McIngvale has a lot riding on this Series. Those who bought a mattress priced at $3,000 or more at one of his three Gallery Furniture stores before the series started will get their money back if the Astros win the Series.

To hedge that bet, the 70-year-old made a huge wager on the Astros to win it all. McIngvale has said he placed a $3.2 million bet that will pay $36 million if Houston earns another title.

Houston native rapper Travis Scott, whose Astroworld music festival is this weekend at NRG Park, wrapped up the pregame festivities by saying: ‘Let’s go Houston. It’s our time. Let’s play ball.’

Scott wore a gray Astros jersey with his nickname ‘La Flame’ printed on the back with the No. 1.

Country music artist Carly Pearce performed a rousing rendition of the National Anthem before the start of Game 6, where Minute Maid Park's retractable roof was open on a beautiful 72-degree night

Country music artist Carly Pearce performed a rousing rendition of the National Anthem before the start of Game 6, where Minute Maid Park's retractable roof was open on a beautiful 72-degree night

Country music artist Carly Pearce performed a rousing rendition of the National Anthem before the start of Game 6, where Minute Maid Park’s retractable roof was open on a beautiful 72-degree night

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