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By Jeremy Kahn
When the Atlanta Braves were forced to switch divisions 25 years ago, the season before saw one of the greatest division races in the 25-year history of just two divisions per league.
Back then, the Braves won 104 games, while the San Francisco Giants won 103 and went home; because, there was no wild card.
Once again, the Braves are heading to the postseason after clinching their second consecutive National League Eastern Division championship with a 6-0 victory over the Giants at SunTrust Park.
Ronald Acuna, Jr., hit his 41st home run of the season, as the Braves officially eliminated the Giants from wild card contention in Bruce Bochys 25th and final season as a major-league manager.
Acuna was the star of the game, as he scored three runs and gave Mike Foltynewicz enough to pick up his eighth win of the season.
Foltynewicz went eight innings, as the Braves won their 19th division title, tying the New York Yankees for the most in major-league history since the MLB introduced division play in 1969.
Freddie Freeman got the Braves going in the bottom of the first inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly to give the Braves and Foltynewicz the only run that he would need. Ozzie Albies then added a run-scoring single to stretch the lead.
Acuna and Brian McCann each hit two-run home runs in the fourth and sixth innings respectively to finish off the scoring, and clinch the division for the Braves.
Tyler Beede was the hard luck, as he gave up seven hits on those six runs in six innings of work and he saw his record fell to 5-10 on the season.
Josh Tomlin came on in the top of the ninth inning, as he closed out the game for the Braves, who celebrated on the field after Acuna caught Alex Dickersons fly ball for the final out.
Mike Yastrzemski picked up three of the four Giants hits on the evening, as they fell to 74-80 on the season.
UP NEXT: Johnny Cueto continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery, as he looks for his second win for the season for the Giants. Cueto will be making his third start of the season.
Max Fried goes for his 17th win for the Braves on Saturday evening.