Braves' Adam Duvall launches himself into World Series history books with grand slam

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Atlanta Braves outfielder Adam Duvall put his team up four runs in the first inning of Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night.

Duvall connected for a grand slam off Houston Astros pitcher Framber Valdez. The home run put the Braves up 4-0 in a game that could clinch the franchise’s first World Series title since 1995.

The Atlanta Braves’ Adam Duvall celebrates his grand slam home run during the first inning in Game 5 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Braves Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Brave Adam Duvall celebrates his grand slam home run during the first inning in Game 5 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Braves Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

He was the second Braves player to hit a grand slam in a World Series. The first was Lonnie Smith in Game 5 of the 1992 World Series against the Toronto Blue Jays, according to MLB Stats. Duvall is the first to hit a grand slam in a potential series-clinching World Series game since Bill Skowron in 1956.

Duvall entered Game 5 hitting 3-for-16 in the series with a home run. He was batting .188 with a .610 OPS. 

Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez reacts after the Atlanta Braves’ Adam Duvall hit a grand slam during the first inning of Game 5 of the World Series Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Astros later tied the game at 4-4.

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