Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) scores on a triple hit by second baseman Elliot Johnson (30) against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Turner Field. Photo: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA (AP) -- Evan Gattis had a two-run homer among his three hits, Elliot Johnson drove in five runs and the NL East champion Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-5 on Sunday to cap their best regular season in nine years.
The Braves won their first division title since 2005. Atlanta will have home-field advantage against the Dodgers in the NL division series, which begins Thursday at Turner Field.
Atlanta (96-66) finished with its best record since also winning 96 games in 2004. After the victory, players gathered for a photo around a 2013 banner that was placed on a stand in front of the mound.