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Braves clinch 2nd straight NL East title, eliminate Giants

The Atlanta Braves officially eliminated the San Francisco Giants from postseason contention in
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Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) reacts as he rounds first base after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves clinched their second straight NL East title when Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 41st homer in a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Friday night that eliminated the Giants from postseason contention in Bruce Bochy's last year as San Francisco manager.

Acuña scored four runs to back Mike Foltynewicz (8-5), who allowed three hits in eight innings. Atlanta's 19th division title tied the New York Yankees for the most since Major League Baseball split into divisions for the 1969 season.

Atlanta's win ensured it will finish ahead of second-place Washington and will start the NL Division Series at home on Oct. 3, most likely against the NL Central champion.

Braves players ran onto the infield to celebrate as soon as Acuña caught Alex Dickerson's game-ending flyout.