World Series 2021: Schedules, analysis and updates from the Atlanta Braves-Houston Astros Fall Classic

The 2021 World Series is over, and the Atlanta Braves are champions, defeating the Houston Astros in six games. The Braves, who came into the postseason as a bit of a dark horse, found their groove against the best baseball had to offer. They're celebrating their fourth championship as a franchise and their first since 1995.

From the first pitch of the series to the final celebration, we've got you covered with results and analysis from every game in the Fall Classic.

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World Series

Best-of-seven series

Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves

Atlanta wins 4-2

Game 1: Braves 6, Astros 2
Top performers:

Game 1 box score | Game 1 highlights

Passan: Morton threw 16 pitches on a broken leg -- and then apologized that it wasn't more

Baker on Game 1 loss: 'Our team doesn't worry'

Game 2: Astros 7, Braves 2
Top performers:

Game 2 box score | Game 2 highlights

Altuve shrugs off slump to help Astros take Game 2

Game 3: Braves 2, Astros 0
Top performers:

Game 3 box score | Game 3 highlights

Keown: Analytics? Ha! Braves went old-school in pulling Ian Anderson from no-hit bid

Passan: Inside the Braves'' post-win wine club

Braves' bullpen delivers after Brian Snitker pulls Ian Anderson in Game 3

Game 4: Braves 3, Astros 2
Top performers:

Game 4 box score | Game 4 highlights

How to balls to left field put Braves one win from a World Series title

Soler's pinch-hit blast puts Braves on cusp

Astros strand 11, rue missed chances in loss

Game 5: Astros 9, Braves 5
Top performers:

Game 5 box score | Game 5 highlights

Best moments from Game 5

How Martin Maldonado saved Astros' season by not swinging

Game 6: Braves 7, Astros 0
Top performers:

  • Jorge Soler: 1-3, HR, BB, 2 R, 3 RBIs

  • Freddie Freeman: 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBIs

  • Ozzie Albies: 2-3, BB, 2 R

  • Dansby Swanson: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBIs

  • Max Fried: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 6 K

Game 6 box score | Game 6 highlights

Best moments from Game 6

Passan: F-bombs, wine and a lot of love: How the Braves rose from their darkest moment

Atlanta's Baby Braves are all grown up -- and now they're MLB champions

'It's storybook stuff': Inside Brian Snitker's long and winding road to a World Series title (ESPN+)

Keown: 'You get over it': For 24th time, manager Dusty Baker heads home without a World Series title

Three questions for the Astros after their World Series loss (ESPN+)

The inside story of where Jorge Soler's home run went once it left Minute Maid Park

Full coverage

How the Astros got here

It has been a long, strange trip for the Houston Astros in the American League. Coming off their sign-stealing scandal and a sub-.500 performance in the abbreviated 2020 season, it was worth asking whether Houston was truly as elite as their reputation. That answer turned out to be a resounding yes. First, the team took care of the Chicago White Sox in convincing fashion. Then they faced the suddenly surging Red Sox, who seemed to have them on the ropes after a barrage of home runs led Boston to take a 2-1 series lead. The Astros didn't panic, however, and shut down the Red Sox's bats with ease in the next three games.

How the Braves got here

In the National League, the Atlanta Braves won three straight in the NLDS after going down in the first game to the Milwaukee Brewers. That only set them up to take on the winner of the San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers series, a matchup that would determine which team with a historically successful regular season the Braves would have to overcome. They proved more-than-adequate to the challenge, starting off the series with a pair of walk-off wins in Atlanta and staving off a comeback attempt by the star-studded Dodgers.

League Championship Series

NLCS: Braves defeat Dodgers in six games
Rosario's home run sends Braves past Dodgers, into World Series

ALCS: Astros defeat Red Sox in six games
Alvarez powers Astros to third World Series in five years

League Division Series

NLDS: Dodgers defeat Giants in five games
Keown: A tense Game 5 was a fitting end to this series

NLDS: Braves defeat Brewers in four games
How the Braves rebuilt their outfield without Ronald Acuna Jr. -- and saved their season (ESPN+)

ALDS: Red Sox defeat Rays in four games
Fenway magic is in the air as Red Sox roll into ALCS

ALDS: Astros defeat White Sox in four games
Astros for real? MLB's villains look to win back baseball's respect (ESPN+)

Wild card games

Red Sox defeat Yankees 6-2
Passan: The roar of October baseball is finally back

Dodgers defeat Cardinals 3-1
Taylor, Bellinger unlikely heroes as Dodgers walk off