Ronald Acuña Jr. led Atlanta with a perfect night at the plate. He was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and three runs scored.

MLB wrap: Braves clinch division title for second straight season


Divisions are starting to be won about every other day at this point and one team wasn't going to give up its title from last year.

The Braves used a 6-0 shutout against the Giants to take the top spot in the National League East for the second consecutive season.

Ronald Acuña Jr. led Atlanta with a perfect night at the plate. He was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Mike Foltynewicz did the bulk of the work on the mound. He pitched a solid eight innings where he allowed just three hits while striking out seven.

Tyler Beede got tagged with the loss after six innings of work. He gave up six runs on seven hits.

Studs of the Night

Pete Alonso should have a permanent spot in this category. He continued his impressive rookie season by becoming the first player in MLB this year to hit 50 home runs. Alonso is only the second rookie (Aaron Judge, 52, 2017) to complete the feat.

The Cardinals didn't need much to hold off the Cubs, 2-1, and Yadier Molina led the efforts with three of St. Louis' four hits and both RBIs.

Cleveland remains in position to make it to the postseason with some help from Carlos Carrasco, who got his first save in five years in a 5-2 win over Philadelphia.

Duds of the Night

Felix Hernández struggled in the Mariners' 5-3 loss to the Orioles. He pitched five innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and only striking out three.

The Tigers barely took their bats off their shoulders against the White Sox. Detroit mustered just one run in a 10-1 loss to the White Sox.

Highlights

The chase, the slide, the catch: A perfect defensive play by Brandon Crawford.

This was truly perfect placement.

What's Next?

Red Sox (80-73) at Rays (91-63), 6:10 p.m. ET — The Rays are trying to hold on to the second American League wild-card spot. The Indians' win on Friday now puts some pressure on the Rays, who are coming off a win themselves — a big win in fact, that knocked the Red Sox out of playoff contention. Boston seemingly has nothing left to play for while Tampa Bay wants to keep its season going and looks to Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 2.02 ERA) for a good start on the mound Saturday.



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