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Braves claim 1st NL East title since '13

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ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves capped a most surprising season by clinching their first NL East crown since 2013, with Mike Foltynewicz taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday in a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

A year after going 70-92, manager Brian Snitker and his Baby Braves surged back into the playoffs. A loud crowd at SunTrust Park joined the party when rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. caught a flyball for the final out, setting off a big celebration on the field.

All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman and the Braves will make their first postseason appearance since 2013 on Oct. 4 in the NL Division Series. It has not yet been determined who or where the youth-filled club will play in the best-of-five round.


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Rank Name K
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2 J. Verlander, Hou269
3 C. Sale, Bos229
4 C. Carrasco, Cle217
5 T. Bauer, Cle215
6 L. Severino, NYY213
7 C. Kluber, Cle205
8 B. Snell, TB200
9 M. Clevinger, Cle196
10 C. Morton, Hou195
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Rank Name K
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2 J. deGrom, NYM259
3 P. Corbin, Ari237
4t G. Márquez, Col210
4t A. Nola, Phi210
6 Z. Greinke, Ari193
7 M. Foltynewicz, Atl188
8 N. Pivetta, Phi185
9 Z. Wheeler, NYM179
10t Z. Godley, Ari175
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