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They did it! | Braves win World Series for first time in 26 years

The team put the finishing notes on a long-sought second championship in Atlanta on Tuesday night by defeating the Houston Astros 7-0.

ATLANTA — What else do you say? They did it. They really did it, Atlanta.

The Braves are World Series champions for the first time in 26 years, finishing off the Houston Astros in Game 6 on Tuesday night by a final score of 7-0.

It was a glorious coronation of a game for the champion - yes, the champion! - Atlanta Braves. 

Jorge Soler hit an early three-run home run, Dansby Swanson added two more with another homer two innings later, and Freddie Freeman later put the icing on the cake with an RBI-double and solo home run to account for the final two runs.

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Max Fried, who had struggled mightily in his last two postseason starts, fired off six scoreless innings and showed why he is the Braves ace.

It will be a crazy night in Atlanta, you can rest assured.

The 2021 postseason was not supposed to happen like this - not for these Braves, who only won 88 games and were without arguably their best player, Ronald Acuña after his injury earlier in the summer.

But these Braves, despite their less-than-sterling resume, had something else that made them special beyond just wins and stats - they had a team spirit and a gritty resolve that showed up time and time again.

They beat the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS, a quality opponent, and then overcame the heavily-favored defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS.

And then, in the World Series, they beat the vaunted Houston Astros in six games.

Both for Braves fans who remember all the near-misses of the 90s and subsequent (and, of course, the one title), and to younger fans who don't even know what it was like to root for the Braves when they were "America's Team," - tonight is a special, special night.

Go crazy, Braves fans. They really, finally did it!


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