Braves inch closer to NL’s best record with sixth straight win

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It wasn’t but a week ago, Braves fans were convinced they would find away to blow the division lead after losing four in a row. But like they have done time and time again, they followed that losing streak with an even longer winning streak. Atlanta tallied their sixth straight win Tuesday night in comeback fashion on the road in New York. The Braves scored the final seven runs of the ball game, highlighted by some clutch hits from their young stars, Ronald Acuña and Ozzie Albies.

The win puts Atlanta at 89-68 on the season with five games remaining. The Dodgers lost last night, putting them 1.5 games behind the Braves for the #2 seed in the National League. However, they still have work to do to wrap up the NL West. Colorado’s win yesterday has them trailing Los Angeles by just a half-game.

The race for the National League’s best record has gotten a lot more interesting as well. Chicago, who has been the cream of the crop in the National League for 150+ games, is on the verge of losing their own division. They lost to Pittsburgh last night, which combined with a Brewers win, shrunk the Cubs lead in the Central division to half a game as well. The Braves will be watching that race with a keen eye. They sit just 2 games behind Chicago for the NL’s top record with five games left on their schedule.

Atlanta finishes up their season on the road with two games in New York followed by a three-game set in Philadelphia. Milwaukee plays their final road game in St. Louis tonight and then finishes at home with an interleague matchup against the Tigers. Chicago has all of their final five games at home, two more with the Pirates and three with the Cardinals.

 

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