MIAMI — William Contreras hit a home run in the fifth and the Atlanta Braves won their fifth straight Nederland East title with a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
Atlanta earned a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed in the NL behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Braves trailed the New York Mets by 10 1/2 games in early June and lost four of five to New York in early August. After beating the Mets over the weekend to take over the division lead, Atlanta entered the series needing a win or a Mets loss to clinch the division crown.
The Marlins put off Atlanta’s celebration with a 4-0 victory on Monday. The Mets beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday night, leaving Atlanta in control of its own destiny in front of a big Braves crowd at LoanDepot Park.
Kenley Jansen picked up his 41st save, pitching a perfect ninth to seal the victory.
Starter Jake Odarizzi (6-6) went five innings, struck out six, allowed two hits and one home run to Jesus Sanchez in the fourth.
Reliever AJ Minter escaped Miami’s threat in the eighth. John Berti doubled with one out and then advanced to third after stealing his 41st base of the season. Brian De La Cruz and Avisillo Garcia walked to load the bases, but Nick Fortes, hitting Sanchez, popped out to end the inning.
The Braves didn’t capitalize on many chances at the plate to extend their lead, but their pitchers held the Marlins to four hits.
Collin McHugh and Reizel Iglesias threw scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh innings in place of Odarica.
Ronald Acuña Jr. had a two-out single in the top of the second, scoring Orlando Arcia to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, Sanchez sent Odorici’s first pitch over the right-field wall to tie the game.
Miami starter Braxton Garrett (3-7) was pulled in the fifth after Contreras hit a two-out infield that scored Travis d’Arnaud and allowed Atlanta to regain the lead. Contreras had two hits and an RBI.
Garrett allowed six hits, two runs, walked five and struck out seven.
The Braves, a year after winning their first World Series title since 1995, enter the playoffs without first baseman Freddie Freeman, who signed with the Dodgers as a free agent in March.
Atlanta also has 100 wins for the first time since 2003 (101-61). Last year, the Braves finished 88-73 in the regular season.
METS 4, NATIONAL 2
NEW YORK — Brandon Nimmo homered and drove in three runs as New York briefly kept its NL East hopes alive with a win over Washington in the first game of a doubleheader.
After the Braves win, the Mets will host a best-of-three wildcard playoff series this weekend.
The playoff-bound Mets had led the division for 175 days, had a 10 1/2-game lead on June 1st and had a seven-game lead on August 12th.
Nimmo hit his 15th homer, a single and a double. Jeff McNeil opened a three-point lead over Dodgers star Freddie Freeman in the NL batting race with two hits to raise his batting average to .328.
Carlos Carrasco allowed two runs on five hits in four-plus innings. Adam Ottavino (6-3) went 1 2/3 innings and Edwin Diaz had four outs for his 32nd save.
AHUTY 5, KORALEVSKY 3
CLEVELAND — Cal Quantrill finished the regular season undefeated at home, improving to 14-0 in his career at Progressive Field after Owen Miller hit a two-run homer to send Cleveland to a victory over Kansas City.
Quantrill (15-5) was in danger of seeing its home run come to an end before Miller struck out Daniel Lynch (4-13) to end Cleveland’s five-run fifth. Quantrill’s 14-game hitting streak is the longest in football history.
It also ties the longest hitting streak by a pitcher in any ballpark since 1901. Vic Rushie went 14-0 at Chicago’s Comiskey Park from 1947 to 1955.
Jose Ramirez hit a two-run double and Andres Jimenez hit an RBI single in the fifth.
MARINS 7, TIGERS 6
SEATTLE — Catcher Louis Torrence became the first position player in Seattle history to pitch the winning game in the 10th inning and the Mariners moved closer to closing out the postseason with a win over Detroit in the first game of a doubleheader.
With the Mariners focused on keeping their arms in check and the playoffs on the horizon, Torrance (1-0) took the mound as the game went into extra innings and pulled off an unlikely victory when Abraham Toro singled in the winning run sacrificial blow.
Victor Reyes opened the 10th with Detroit’s automatic runner on second and Torrence allowed two deep flyouts, the second being Riley Green’s strikeout to Reyes.
Carlos Santana then singled off Gregory Soto (2-10) in the bottom of the 10th to score on Eugenio Suarez’s pinch runner and tie the game. Jared Kelenich followed with a base hit to advance Santana to third, and Toro hit a fly ball that was deep enough for Santana to score from third base.
RED SOX 6, RAISE 0
BOSTON — Xander Bogaerts hit a walk-off grand slam and Nathan Evaldi pitched five scoreless innings in what could be his final appearance in a Red Sox uniform to help Boston beat playoff-bound Tampa Bay. off, in a shortened game.
Christian Arroyo added an RBI single for Boston (77-84), which won its fifth straight home game.
It was 55 degrees and foggy at the start and the rain continued the entire time. Boston had just taken a 6-0 lead with two outs in the fifth inning when a heavy rain started, causing a delay. The game was resumed after 52 minutes.