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Braves beat Marlins 2-1, clinch 5th straight NL East title Pujols has 2 more RBIs, Cardinals beat Pirates 8-7 in 10

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MIAMI – William Contreras drove ahead with the infield in fifth, and the Atlanta Braves captured their fifth consecutive NL East title by defeating the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Atlanta, the reigning World Series champion, earned a first-round bye as they finished second in the NL behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The Braves were 10 1/2 games behind the New York Mets in early June and lost four-of-five to New York in early August. After beating the Mets at the weekend to take the lead in the division, Atlanta entered the streak, needing the Mets to win or lose to capture the division crown.

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The Marlins postponed the Atlanta celebration on Monday with a 4-0 win. And the Mets beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the doubleheader, leaving Atlanta in control of their fate in front of a large Braves crowd at Credit Depo Park.

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Kenley Jansen recorded his 41st save, making a perfect ninth save to seal the win.

Starter Jake Odorizzi (6-6) One run allowed in five innings. He struck out six and gave up only two hits, including a home run. Jesus Sanchez in the fourth.

Reliever AJ Minter escaped the Miami threat in the eighth. John Bertie made a one-double and then moved up to third after stealing his 41st base of the season. Brian Cruz as well as avisail garcia went to load bases, but Nick Fortespinching Sanchez, he jumped out to finish the serve.

The Braves didn’t take many chances at the plate to extend their lead, but their pitchers held the Marlins to four hits.

Colleen McHugh as well as Raizel Iglesias pitched zero innings in the sixth and seventh in Odorizzi’s relief.

Ronald Akuna Jr. hit a two-out single in the top of the second, scoring Orlando Arcia and giving the Braves a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, Sanchez sent Odorizzi’s first serve over the right field wall to equalize.

Miami starter Braxton Garrett (3-7) was pulled in fifth after Contreras hit a two-out single in the infield that scored Travis d’Arno and allowed Atlanta to regain the lead. Contreras had two hits and an RBI.

Garrett allowed six hits, two runs, walked five and struck out seven.

The Braves, one year after winning their first World Series title since 1995, enter the playoffs without an All-Star first baseman. Freddie Freemanwho signed with the Dodgers in March as a free agent.

Atlanta also have 100 wins (101–61) for the first time since 2003. Last year, the Braves finished the regular season 88–73.


Michael Harris II hit Atlanta’s first casualty of the season in the fourth inning, advancing Arsia to second and Contreras to third.

After 160 games, it looked as if the Braves could become the first team in MLB history to finish a full season without bunts.

The Braves didn’t score, even after the Marlins deliberately led Akuna on the next shot to load the bases. Dansby Swanson struck out to end the inning.


Jug Sandy Alcantara was named the Miami Most Valuable Player by members of the South Florida chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Alcantara, who competed in Cy Young all season, leads the big leagues with 228 2/3 innings and has played six full games.


Third baseman Austin Riley is a multiple Brave Year winner in the American Baseball Writers Association Atlanta vote, beating shortstop Dansby Swanson and rookie center fielder Michael Harris II.

Riley is the eighth player to be named Brave of the Year in consecutive seasons since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966. Others – Phil Nycro, Dale Murphy, Terry Pendleton, Greg Maddux, Chipper Jones, Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman.


Marlins: took the place of RHP Edward Cabrera on the 15th day of IL with sprain of the right ankle joint.


None of the teams have announced their participants in the final series, which will take place on Wednesday.

PITTSBURGH – Albert Pujols drove two more times and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8–7 in 10 innings on Tuesday night.

Pujols hit a two-run single in the third inning, taking his career total to 2,218 RBIs. It came the night after he broke a tie with Babe Ruth for second place on the career list. Hank Aaron holds the record with 2287.

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol then sent off the 42-year-old Pujols at the end of the half. St. Louis opens postseason play on Friday when it hosts the National League’s best-of-three wild-card series.

John Yepez gave the Cardinals the win when he made the game-tying single with one in the 10th inning. Chase De Jong (6-3) to score an automatic runner Ben Delucio.

“Tonight was interesting because you have a clear outline of who you want to use and who you don’t want to use and how you want tomorrow to look like so you can get ready for Friday,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “It was good to still find a way to come out on top.”

The Cardinals threw out a potential tie at home in the bottom of the 10th when the auto runner Kevin Newman tried to score from second base on Oneil Cruzline single with glove first baseman Alec Burleson. The ball bounced to second baseman Brandon Donovan, who threw the ball to the catcher. Andrew Knizner.

The Pirates contested the challenge, but it was upheld on video review.

“I thought we were going to cancel it,” Newman said. “I just thought he didn’t mark me until he got higher on his body.”

It was the Pirates’ 100th loss, the second year in a row they had reached that mark.

The Cardinals got two hits from Donovan Corey DickersonKnizner and Paul DeJong.

Cruz had three hits for the Pirates and Brian Reynolds, Rodolfo Castro, Jack Suwinski, Ke’Bryan Hayes as well as Ji-hwan-bae added two. Miguel Andujar drove two runs.

Chris Stratton (10-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

“It wasn’t the most beautiful two innings I’ve ever pitched, but I got a great game from the defense in the 10th inning to help me out,” Stratton said. “It was a good game from all sides.”

A Pujols hit gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead, but the Pirates responded with six runs in the bottom of the third. Andujar’s double-score was highlighted by an inning that included RBI singles Castro, Suwinski, Ben Gamel and Bay.

The Cardinals then hit four runs in the seventh inning to tie the game, 7-all. Donovan hit an RBI single, Dickerson hit two runs with a double, and the tie was scored due to an error by Cruz, a rookie shortstop.

Both starting pitchers only lasted 2 2/3 innings. Cardinals Dakota Hudson was shocked for seven runs and nine hits, while the Pirates J. T. Brubaker three runs on four hits are allowed.

Prior to the game, Brubaker was activated from the injured list. He has been out since September 16 due to discomfort in his right latissimus dorsi.


Reliever Ryan Helsley, closer to the Cardinals, left in the eighth inning with the right middle finger pinched. Helsley was injured after Bae caught the line and held with his hands while dodging a piece of a broken bat.

Helsley said he expects to be ready to pitch on Friday.

“I don’t think there was anything supernatural about it,” Helsley said. “Just give it a little rest and let it resolve itself.”


The Pirates have chosen to be right-handed Roanci Contreras to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear a spot on the roster for Brubaker. They also recalled infielder/outfielder Tukapitho Marcano from Indianapolis and drafted a catcher. Joseph Godoy to the same club.


Center fielder Brian Reynolds was recognized by the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Baseball Writers Association as the winner of the Pirates’ Roberto Clemente MVP Award.

Mitch Keller received the Steve Blass Award for Best Pitcher. Former infielder Michael Chavis was honored with the Chuck Tanner Good Guy Award.


Cardinals: OF Tyler O’Neil (right hamstring strain) has been eliminated from the wild-card series, but St. Louis looks to be able to play in the NLDS round if he advances. . 3B Nolan Arenado (tightness of the left quadriceps muscle) missed the second game in a row, but was able to play on Wednesday.


Cardinals: Still undecided on starting lineup for Wednesday, although Marmol said Matthew Liberatore (2-1, 5.46) and right. Jake Woodford (4-0, 2.33) are possible.

Pirates: RHP Johan Oviedo (4-3, 3.12), which was purchased from the Cardinals on August 1, gets the start.


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