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Braves top Phillies 5-3, claim NL East crown

Braves top Phillies 5-3, claim NL East crown

ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves capped a most surprising season by clinching their first NL East crown since 2013, with Mike Foltynewicz taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday in a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

A year after going 70-92, manager Brian Snitker and his Baby Braves surged back into the playoffs. A loud crowd at SunTrust Park joined the celebration as star Freddie Freeman, rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. and the rest of the Braves reveled.

Atlanta makes its first postseason appearance since 2013 on Oct. 4 in the NL Division Series. It has not yet been determined who or where the youth-filled club will play in the best-of-five round.

Atlanta Braves catcher Rene Rivera, left, pours champagne on Ender Inciarte as they celebrate after defeating Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 in a baseball game to clinch the National League East Division, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore).

The Braves won their fourth straight game and beat second-place Philadelphia for the third day in a row. The Phillies, who led the division in early August, faded while going 6-14 this month.

Foltynewicz (12-10) tipped his cap to a standing ovation as he left with runners on first and second in the eighth with a 4-0 lead.

Arodys Vizcaino, in his first save situation since June 17, closed out the ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances.

Phillies starter Jake Arrieta (10-10) lasted two innings, allowing four runs, four hits and three walks in the shortest outing of his nine-year career.

CARDINALS 5, GIANTS 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Tyler O’Neill hit a solo home run with two outs in the 10th inning and St. Louis rallied for the win and held its playoff position.

Yadier Molina also homered for St. Louis, which began the day 1 ½ games ahead of Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot. The Cardinals, who have seven games remaining, started three games behind Milwaukee for the top wild-card slot.

St. Louis won for the fifth time in six games. San Francisco has lost three in a row.

O’Neill hit his ninth homer, connecting off Mark Melancon (0-3) to give the Cardinals their 11th walk-off win of the season.

Carlos Martinez (8-6) pitched two scoreless innings.

Adam Wainwright gave up four earned runs on eight hits over 6 1-3 innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.

NATIONALS 6, METS 0

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rookie Austin Voth and four relievers combined on a one-hitter and Washington posted the shutout hours after being officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Matt Wieters and Trea Turner homered for Washington.

Voth (1-1), making his second major league start, allowed only an infield single to Michael Conforto leading off the fourth inning. Voth struck out five with two walks in five innings.

The Nationals’ loss Friday night, coupled with the Atlanta Braves’ win, knocked them out of the NL East race. Then, shortly after Saturday’s game began, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants on a 10th-inning homer, ending Washington’s wild card hopes.

Favored to win a third straight division title, the Nationals slid into third place on June 22 and remained there.

BLUE JAYS 5, RAYS 2

TORONTO (AP) – Rookie left-hander Thomas Pannone pitched 6 2-3 innings to win his third straight start, Rowdy Tellez homered and drove in three and Toronto dealt another blow to Tampa Bay’s faint playoff hopes.

Tellez singled in the second, hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and added an insurance run with an RBI double in the eighth.

Tommy Pham and Jesus Sucre hit solo home runs for the Rays, who began the day 6 1-2 games behind Oakland in the race for the second AL wild card. Tampa Bay has eight games remaining.

Pannone (4-1) allowed two runs and six hits. He walked three and struck out five.

Tyler Glasnow (2-7) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings to lose for the fourth time in five starts. He’s 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in three starts against Toronto.

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