Braves beat Pirates to become 1st team to clinch playoff spot

Braves beat Pirates to become 1st team to clinch playoff spot

The Atlanta Braves are heading to the postseason for the sixth consecutive campaign after Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The first of 12 #postseason teams: ✅

The @Braves are officially on their way to October. #CLINCHED pic.twitter.com/5SxnniH7dU

— MLB (@MLB) September 10, 2023

Ronald Acuña Jr. and Matt Olson fueled the Braves’ victory, combining for all five of the team’s RBIs.

Rookie right-hander Allan Winans tossed 6 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts in the fourth outing of his career.

Atlanta’s 93rd win of the campaign is the most in the majors, while its plus-238 run differential also leads the league.

The Braves are in a terrific position to clinch the National League East, as they hold a 15-game lead over the second-place Philadelphia Phillies.

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