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Braves take down Nats to avoid sweep
Alex Wood
Alex Wood scattered five hits while striking out eight over his six-plus innings.
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Christian Bethancourt's two-run single in the sixth inning provided the difference as Atlanta took down Washington by a 3-1 count in the finale of a three-game series.

Phil Gosselin finished 3-for-4 and scored a run for the Braves, who snapped a five-game skid. Alex Wood (11-10) scattered five hits and one run while striking out eight over his six-plus innings. Craig Kimbrel tossed a scoreless ninth for his 44th save.

Steven Souza's fifth-inning solo blast was the lone meaningful offense for the Nationals, who clinched their second NL East title in the last three seasons with a win on Tuesday.  Full Story

Postseason starting to shape up
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Three teams in, seven more to go.

The Los Angeles Angels were the first to join the postseason party on Monday and were joined by the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals on Tuesday, as both of whom clinched their respective divisions.

It was the first American League East title in 17 years for the O's, while the Nats secured their second National League West crown in three years. Los Angeles, meanwhile, could clinch the AL West as early as Wednesday.  Full Story

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