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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Braves Take Title as Mets Beat Marlins

ATLANTA -- Atlanta became the first team to win six straight division championships, clinching the NL East when Florida lost to the New York Mets prior to the Braves' 3-2 victory over the Montreal Expos in 11 innings.


Steven Kline threw a third-strike wild pitch to Mike Mordecai with the bases loaded, allowing Danny Bautista to trot home with the winning run. By then, the division title already was Atlanta's.


Word of New York's 10-3 victory over the Marlins reached Turner Field after Greg Maddux escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth. The crowd of 41,268 cheered throughout the break while the scoreboard flashed "1997 NL East Division -- Champions."


Mets 10, Marlins 3. In Miami, the fireworks malfunctioned, the crowd booed, and the Florida Marlins' bid to clinch a playoff berth in their final home game ended with a dismal defeat.


To secure a wild-card spot, Florida still needs one victory, or one loss by both Los Angeles and New York. The Marlins play their final six games on the road, beginning Tuesday at Montreal.


Astros 6, Reds 3. In Cincinnati, Jeff Bagwell became Houston's first 30-30 player and the Astros reduced their clinching number to three by rallying to beat Cincinnati.


The NL Central leaders scored four runs in the eighth inning to move a step closer to their first division title since 1986. Pittsburgh, which beat St. Louis 3-1 Monday, trails the Astros by 3 games.


Mariners 4, Athletics 2. In Oakland, Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 54th and 55th homers of the season, overtaking Mark McGwire for the major-league lead, as Seattle clinched a tie for the AL West title by defeating Oakland 4-2 Monday.


Griffey's 55 homers are the most in the major leagues since Roger Maris set the record of 61 in 1961. He has five games left, all at Seattle's Kingdome, to match Maris' mark.


Tigers 5, Orioles 4. In Baltimore, Bob Hamelin hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run eighth inning that carried the Detroit Tigers past the struggling Baltimore Orioles.


The improbable victory put the Tigers at .500 (78-78) for the first time since April 15 and kept the Orioles' magic number to clinch the AL East at three.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)