Braves kick Giants 6-0 to bind 2nd true NL East title

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The Atlanta Braves clinched their second true NL East pretension as Ronald Acuña Jr. strike his 41st homer in a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Friday night that separated a Giants from postseason quarrel in Bruce Bochy’s final year as San Francisco manager.

Acuña scored 3 runs to behind Mike Foltynewicz (8-5), who authorised 3 hits in 8 innings. Atlanta’s 19th multiplication pretension tied a New York Yankees for a many given Major League Baseball separate into groups for a 1969 season.

Atlanta’s win ensured it will finish forward of second-place Washington and will start a NL Division Series during home on Oct. 3, many expected opposite a NL Central champion.

Braves players ran onto a infield to applaud as shortly as Acuña hold Alex Dickerson’s game-ending flyout.

Atlanta (95-60) changed into solitary possession of initial place for good on Jun 12. Led by Acuña, Freddie Freeman, Josh Donaldson and a offense that constructed a franchise-best 241 homers, a lead swelled from 5½ to 10 games in 6 days finale with a 9-4 home win over Washington on Sept. 7.

The Braves, who have not won a postseason array given 2001, cumulative a playoffs berth final week and indispensable a few additional days to bind a division. They mislaid 3 in a quarrel for a initial time given Jul 16-18 though have won dual straight.


CHICAGO — Yadier Molina had 3 of St Louis’ 4 hits, including a two-run single, and a Cardinals hold off a vanishing Chicago.

Carlos Martinez got a final dual outs, and a Cardinals stretched their NL Central lead to 3 1/2 games over Milwaukee and 5 games over Chicago. The Cubs are 1 1/2 games behind a Brewers for a second NL furious card, with Milwaukee set to play after Friday opposite Pittsburgh.

Chicago has totaled 9 runs while losing a past 4 games. The Cardinals have won a initial dual games of this pivotal four-game set, and they’ll play a Cubs 5 some-more times over their final 8 games.

The Cubs scored their run following a St Louis blunder in a second inning, and a Cardinals rallied in a sixth.

David Phelps (2-1), a second of 8 Cubs relievers, took a loss.

Ryan Helsley pitched a scoreless fifth and was awarded a win.


CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco got his initial save in 5 years, and Cleveland kick Philadelphia to say position for a second AL furious label and repairs a Phillies’ playoff chances.

Cleveland (91-63) began a night tied with Tampa Bay for a second furious card, dual games behind Oakland. The Indians were 4 games behind AL Central-leading Minnesota.

Philadelphia began a night 3 games behind Milwaukee for a second NL furious label and mislaid for a fourth time in 6 games.

All-Star MVP Shane Bieber (15-7) authorised dual runs and 7 hits in 7 1/3 innings with 7 strikeouts and no walks.

Rookie Oscar Mercado had RBI singles in a initial and seventh. Yasiel Puig, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana also gathering in runs, assisting Cleveland to a fifth true win

Drew Smyly (4-7) authorised 4 runs, 5 hits and 3 walks in two-plus innings.


CINCINNATI — Pete Alonso strike his vital league-leading 50th home run, Jacob deGrom pitched shutout round for 7 innings and New York kick Cincinnati.

Amed Rosario strike a two-run homer and Jeff McNeil combined a solo shot for a Mets, who non-stop a day 3 1/2 games behind Milwaukee for a second NL furious card. The Brewers hosted Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Cincinnati rookie Aristides Aquino led off a ninth with a homer. The midseason call-up has 17 home runs in 49 games this season.

DeGrom (10-8) struck out 9 and didn’t travel anybody to compare his win sum from final season, when he won a NL Cy Young Award.

Luis Castillo (15-7) struck out 7 and walked 3 in 7 innings.


MIAMI — Trea Turner strike dual solo homers as Washington kick Miami.

Washington had forsaken 4 of six. It began a day with a one-game lead over Milwaukee for a tip mark in a NL wild-card standings.

The Marlins became a third group to remove 100 games this season, fasten a Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers. Miami also had 100-loss seasons in 1998 and 2013.

Before a game, a Marlins announced manager Don Mattingly had concluded to a two-year agreement extension. Mattingly was in a final year of a four-year contract.

The Nationals grabbed a lead for good on Asdrúbal Cabrera’s three-run homer off Robert Dugger (0-3) in a fourth inning.


BALTIMORE — Félix Hernández worked by 5 innings in what was expected his penultimate start with Seattle, and Baltimore got home runs from Anthony Santander and Hanser Alberto in a win.

After rookie Kyle Lewis strike a two-run homer in a initial inning, Hernández (1-7) gave a lead behind in a bottom half after throwing only 8 pitches.

The Mariners never recovered.

Aaron Brooks (6-8) threw 7 innings of one-hit round in service of opener Richard Bleier to assistance a Orioles finish Seattle’s five-game winning streak.

Hernández indispensable 91 pitches to get 15 outs. His line enclosed 5 runs, 8 hits dual walks and dual furious pitches.


NEW YORK — Star second baseman Gleyber Torres stirred an heard pant from a Yankee Stadium throng when his right leg buckled while fielding a grounder and done an early exit in New York’s detriment to Toronto.

Torres pronounced his reduce legs felt weakness.

Aaron Judge and Tyler Wade homered for a Yankees a day after they clinched a division.

Justin Smoak strike a go-ahead, two-run homer in a seventh to assistance Toronto compare a deteriorate high with a fifth true victory. He connected off Tommy Kahnle (3-2) as a Yankees’ bullpen wobbled in a late innings for a third time in a week.

Danny Jansen also homered for a Blue Jays. Jason Adam (2-0) won in service and Ken Giles sealed for his 21st save in 22 chances.


DETROIT — Eloy Jiménez strike a grand impact in a fourth inning, and Yoán Moncada also went low as Chicago breezed past Detroit.

Tim Anderson had dual some-more hits in his office of a American League batting title, and a White Sox chased Jordan Zimmermann (1-12) in a fourth.

Dylan Cease (4-7) authorised a run and 5 hits in 6 innings — a initial peculiarity start for a White Sox given Sept. 6. Cease struck out 8 with dual walks.

Zimmerman authorised 9 runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Jiménez finished a double bashful of a cycle, and Yolmer Sanchez had 4 hits for Chicago.

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