Braves clinch second-straight NL East title, eliminate Giants

Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. reacts after hitting a two-RBI home run against the San Francisco Giants. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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

Acuna 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 Acuna caught Alex Dickerson’s game-ending flyout.

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