Houston comes up short in the World Series

Astros' season ends with Game 6 loss as Braves win World Series

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Houston failed to extend the World Series on Tuesday, as the Braves took Game 6 to win the series 4-2. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Houston failed to extend the World Series on Tuesday, as the Braves took Game 6 to win the series 4-2.

Sometimes in sports, destiny and getting hot at the right time supersedes all else. The Braves upset the NL side of the postseason, surprisingly grabbing the pennant instead of the 100-plus win San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, who were the favorites. They entered the World Series as underdogs to win it against the Astros, with the oddsmakers expecting their string of over-performing to come to an end at the hand of Houston.

After falling behind 3-1 in the series, the Astros fought valiantly in Game 5 in Atlanta, grabbing a comeback win to keep their hopes alive to get the franchise's second Commissioner's Trophy. Those hopes ended in Game 6, as their season came crashing down as Atlanta's batted balls went flying out of Minute Maid Park, putting a bow on their exciting playoff run and ending Houston's in disappointment.

Final Score: Braves 7, Astros 0

World Series (Best of Seven): Atlanta wins 4-2

Winning Pitcher: Max Fried

Losing Pitcher: Luis Garcia

Atlanta grabs control in the third

Luis Garcia looked like he may be in store for a magical night, sitting down the top of Atlanta's order 1-2-3 on twelve pitches in the top of the first to bring his offense to the plate. Houston had a chance to grab the early offensive momentum in the bottom of the inning, getting their first two batters on base but wasting the opportunity to keep the game scoreless.

Garcia had another 1-2-3 frame in the top of the second, and then Max Fried matched that in the bottom half. The Braves took over the game in the top of the third, putting two on base with a leadoff single and two-out walk before Jorge Soler would blast a three-run homer out of the ballpark to put Atlanta ahead 3-0. That ended Garcia's night, with Brooks Raley coming in to get the third out.

Houston's deficit grows

While Fried continued to mow down Houston's bats, Cristian Javier entered to try and eat up some innings out of the bullpen. He made it through the fourth without issue, but a leadoff walk bit him in the top of the fifth, as Dansby Swanson would push the lead to 5-0 with a two-run homer. Later in the inning against Blake Taylor, Freddie Freeman joined in on the run barrage, getting an RBI double to make it a six-run game.

Phil Maton took over to get the final out of the fifth, then returned with a scoreless sixth despite allowing two singles. Fried gave his team one more scoreless inning, becoming the first starting pitcher this series to make it six frames, and kept the Astros off the board. Ryne Stanek was Houston's next reliever in the top of the seventh, but the runs kept coming for Atlanta, as Freeman would get his second RBI of the night, this one a solo homer to push the lead to 7-0.

Braves win their first World Series since 1995

No offensive momentum would come for Houston, as they would strand a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh, then were retired in order in the bottom of the eighth. After Ryan Pressly tossed a scoreless top of the eighth, Yimi Garcia was the last pitcher of the night for Houston, keeping it a seven-run game as Houston tried to do something with their final three outs.

The miraculous rally would not come for Houston, though. The Braves would finish off the shutout, taking the series 4-2 to get their first World Series victory since 1995 to bring the Commissioner's Trophy back to Atlanta.

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Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard missed his eighth straight game because of right knee inflammation. The team went 4-4 over that stretch.

Coach Tyronn Lue gave his usual opaque answers about Leonard’s status for the upcoming playoffs before the game. “We’ll see. He feels OK,” said Lue, who, when asked if Leonard has been working out, said, “He’s been doing a little something.”

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“He's a big boy,” said Clippers assistant Dan Craig who coached the game, “but X got that jump ball against him.”

Marjanovic scored 13 points in 12 minutes of the fourth. The former Clipper delighted the fans when he smilingly missed two free throws to ensure they would receive free chicken sandwiches.

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