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Braves close in on crown

Dansby Swanson and Jorge Soler smashed back-to-back home runs and the Atlanta Braves defeated Houston 3-2 on Saturday to reach the brink of their first World Series title since 1995. Swanson and Soler hammered solo blasts in the seventh inning to grab the lead as the Braves seized a 3-1 edge in Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven final, which could end with Game 5 in Atlanta, Georgia, today. “It’s such a cool moment for this city but we’ve got one more and we can’t take anything for granted,” Swanson said. “We’ve got to be ready and come out and play our game tomorrow.” The Braves, who improved to 7-0 at home in this year’s playoffs, are playing in the World Series for the first time since 1999. The Astros are in the World Series for the third time in five seasons, seeking their first crown since 2017. Atlanta’s Dylan Lee, a 27-year-old left-hander, became the first pitcher whose first MLB start was in the World Series.


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