Pain for ace but Braves start strong

Sports | REUTERS 28 Oct 2021

The Atlanta Braves got the result they wanted with a 6-2 win over Houston in the opener of baseball's World Series but were left reeling from the loss of ace Charlie Morton.

Morton suffered a fractured right fibula in the second inning after a being hit on the leg by a comebacker from Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel but managed to throw 16 more pitches before taking himself out of the game. The veteran right-hander finished up in the third after striking out Astros second baseman Jose Altuve on a pitch where he landed awkwardly.

X-rays showed a fracture, putting an end to the 37-year-old's participation in the best-of-seven series.

Reliever AJ Minter replaced Morton and earned the win for the visitors.

Atlanta scored five runs over the first three innings, with lead-off hitter Jorge Soler smashing a home run over the left-field fence. Austin Riley pushed the lead to 2-0 when his double to deep left-center scored Eddie Rosario later in the inning.



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