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Braves claim NL East title with 6-0 win over Giants

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The Braves kicked off their last home series of the regular season in spectacular fashion on Friday night, clinching a 6-0 win over the Giants to lay claim to the NL East division title for the second year in a row. The title is their 14th in the NL East and 19th overall.

Freddie Freeman got things started for the Braves in the first inning with a sacrifice fly off of San Francisco right-hander Tyler Beede, while Ozzie Albies tacked on an insurance run in the second with an RBI single. It wasn’t long before the Braves started exhibiting some real power, however — Ronald Acuña Jr. launched a first-pitch curveball in the fifth for his 41st home run of the year, while Brian McCann followed suit with his own two-run shot in the sixth.

Behind the Braves’ impressive display, Mike Foltynewicz held the Giants scoreless for eight innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out seven of 29 batters. The righty entered Friday’s start sporting an unsightly 4.80 ERA, 5.10 FIP, and 0.6 fWAR — mostly the result of a few bum outings earlier in the year — but still has yet to allow more than a single run in any of his September appearances so far.

In the ninth, Josh Tomlin stepped in for Foltynewicz to polish off the win. He made short work of the heart of the Giants’ order, inducing a groundout from Evan Longoria, serving up one last hit to Stephen Vogt, and retiring both Chris Shaw and Alex Dickerson with just two pitches apiece.

Next month, the Braves will begin their hunt for their fourth World Series championship and first since 1995. They’ve made the postseason in 15 of 24 seasons since their mid-90s crowning, but have only advanced to the Fall Classic twice — losing to the Yankees in 1996 and 1999.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.