The Braves sweep the Phillies, while the Astros edge the Rays to win the division.

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The Braves sweep the Phillies, while the Astros edge the Rays to win the division.

As the MLB regular season enters its final weekend, the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros became the latest teams to capture division titles.

The Braves and Astros both won their respective championships on Thursday, with the Braves defeating the Philadelphia Phillies and the Astros defeating the Tampa Bay Rays.

In a 5-3 victory in Atlanta, Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson allowed just three hits and two runs over six innings. The Braves (86-72) won their fourth straight National League East division title.

Freddie Freeman, the Braves’ first baseman, told reporters, “Four in a row is tough.” “I can’t picture those 1990s teams and how they managed to accomplish so much.

“It’s a fantastic sensation…. There were so many ups and downs this year, and so many things might have thrown the season off.”

On Thursday in Houston, the Astros (93-66) defeated the Rays 3-2. Lance McCullers Jr. pitched six innings for the Astros, allowing three hits and two runs to improve to 13-5 in 2021. The Astros won thanks to a three-run homer by Carlos Correa in the fourth inning.

When asked about Correa, McCullers told reporters, “He simply never runs out of huge hits or big situations on our team.”

“We’re going to rely on [Correa], on a lot of these people, but especially on him, to get us through October.”

Last season, the Astros finished second in the American League Central. In four of the last five seasons, they’ve won the division.

Next week, the Astros will play the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, which will take place in either Houston or Chicago. With one win or a White Sox loss in the last three games, the Astros may earn home field advantage in the series.

The Astros are the eighth squad Dusty Baker has managed to win a division title.

Baker told reporters, “It’s quite special, especially when I was called back out of retirement and received a terrific set of guys and a great squad.” “These guys are so well-coordinated. That’s the thing I enjoy the most.”

The Rays will end the season as the American League’s best team, earning the top seed in the playoffs.

They will play the winner of the one-game American League Wild Card matchup on their home field. The New York Yankees lead the American League Wild Card race… Article Summary from Nokia News

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