Braves clinch NL East title with Nationals' loss, beat Cubs 5-2

6:05 PM, Sep 22, 2013   |    comments
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Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (middle) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning at Wrigley Field. Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have clinched their first NL East title in eight years.

Atlanta was leading the Chicago Cubs 3-1 in the sixth inning at Wrigley Field when second-place Washington lost 4-2 to Miami, handing the Braves their second consecutive playoff appearance. Atlanta lost 6-3 to St. Louis in the wild-card game last season.

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It's the first division title for manager Fredi Gonzalez since he took over in Atlanta before the 2011 season. He has led the Braves to at least 89 wins in each of his three years at the helm.

As for the game, the Braves two homers by Andrelton Simmons to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

There were a few high-fives in Atlanta's dugout when the Marlins won, and a couple of Braves fans did the tomahawk chop in the stands.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez high-fived a fan as he made his way to the dugout after a lineup change, and the celebration really picked up when Craig Kimbrel finished for his major league-best 49th save. 

The Braves poured out of the dugout and bullpen and jumped in a circle near the mound before retreating to the cramped visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley Field to continue the party.


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