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Braves clinch NL East title

Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2000

NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Braves clinched the NL East to win their record ninth straight division title, beating the New York Mets 7-1 Tuesday night behind John Burkett's pitching and Chipper Jones' home run.

With John Rocker back at Shea Stadium -- and dodging a beer bottle on the mound -- Atlanta prevented the Mets from wrapping up the wild card spot. New York can clinch with one more win or Los Angeles loss.

Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 6

DENVER -- Arizona was eliminated from playoff contention as Todd Helton and Todd Hollandsworth hit two-run homers. The Diamondbacks won the NL West in 1999, only their second season, and their slide this year might cost manager Buck Showalter his job.

Pirates 9, Astros 4

PITTSBURGH -- Brian Giles hit a three-run homer in the first and Kris Benson won for the second time in 13 starts.

Marlins 5, Expos 4

MIAMI -- Cliff Floyd singled in the winning run in the 10th inning to lead Florida over Montreal, extending the Expos' losing streak to four games.

Luis Castillo walked against Steve Kline (1-5) leading off the 10th, took third on Mark Kotsay's bloop single to right center and scored on Floyd's soft single between first and second.

Phillies 10, Cubs 4

CHICAGO -- Omar Daal avoided becoming the major league's first 20-game loser in 20 years.

Brewers 7, Reds 4

MILWAUKEE -- Jeromy Burnitz homered and doubled, and Jamey Wright won for the first time in two months as Milwaukee began its final series at County Stadium.

Wright (7-8) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in 7 1-3 innings to win for the first time in 11 starts since July 28. Curtis Leskanic got four outs for his 12th save in 13 chances.

Dodgers 9, Giants 0

LOS ANGELES -- Gary Sheffield hit just his second homer since Aug. 19, and Darren Dreifort (12-8) combined with two relievers on a two-hitter against the NL West champions.

Cardinals 7, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO -- Andy Benes (11-9) won for the first time since July 13, allowing one run and five hits in six innings, and Edgar Renteria drove in three runs. Jim Edmonds hit a two-run homer in the third off Adam Eaton (6-4).

, his career-high 42nd. Eaton lasted only five innings as he gave up four runs and eight hits.



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