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Braves lose, Nationals clinch first National League East title

Oct 1, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

Davey Johnson Reuters Reuters

It didn’t happen exactly the way the Nationals would have drawn it up, but they’ll definitely take it.

The Braves fell 2-1 to the Pirates tonight, ensuring the Nationals their first-ever National League East title. The news of the Braves’ loss flashed on the scoreboard at Nationals Park after the top of the ninth inning, which was met with pandemonium in the stands and a celebration in the dugout. The Nationals ended up losing 2-0 to the Phillies, but it was almost secondary to the buzz in the air and in the dugout.

There will be playoff baseball in D.C. for the first time since 1933. As for the Braves, they will officially play in the one-game Wild Card playoff on Friday. The Cardinals currently hold a two-game lead over the Dodgers for the second Wild Card spot.

  1. stairwayto7 - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    20 years later, the Pirates end Braves title hopes.

  2. schmedley69 - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Screw the Nats!!! Can’t wait to see them make a first round exit. I think I can speak for all of Phillies nation when I say, Go Braves!!! Let’s keep the winning with the old money.

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