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

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

Duvall joined a grand slam from Houston Astros pitcher Framber Valdez. The home run brought the Braves up 4-0 in a match that could win the franchise’s first World Series title since 1995.

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The Atlanta Braves' Adam Duvall celebrates his grand slam homerun during the first inning of Game 5 of the Baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Braves on Sunday, October 31, 2021 in Atlanta.

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

In addition, Duvall wrote some history with the great explosion.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Duvall became the first dough to hit a grand slam in the first round of a World Series. The Braves were the first team to score four runs in the first inning during a potential series-clinching World Series matchup since the 1961 New York Yankees.

Atlanta Brave Adam Duvall celebrates his grand slam homerun during the first inning of Game 5 of the Baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Braves on Sunday, October 31, 2021 in Atlanta.

Atlanta Brave Adam Duvall celebrates his grand slam homerun during the first inning of Game 5 of the Baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Braves on Sunday, October 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 potentially series-creating World Series game since Bill Skowron in 1956.

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Duvall entered Game 5 and beat 3-to-16 in the series with a homerun. He hit .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 round of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, October 31, 2021 in Atlanta.

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

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The Astros later leveled the score to 4-4.

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