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Atlanta Braves Blow Late Lead to Chicago Cubs, Magic Number Stays at One

September 21st, 2013 at 7:08 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves could neither hold on to nor support the one-run lead Kris Medlen gave them in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs, leaving their magic number to clinch the National League East at one.

Medlen was pulled after 7 1/3 innings with a runner on first for Scott Downs to come in and give up two hits, including an RBI-double to Anthony Rizzo to tie the game. David Carpenter came in and surrendered the go-ahead run on a Dioner Navarro RBI-single.

That spoiled an otherwise terrific outing for Medlen, who gave up six hits and struck out six, only giving up a run when Downs allowed his inherited runner to score.

The Braves offense was stifled by Travis Wood's own strong outing. They only scored thanks to a fielding error by Nate Schierholtz on an Evan Gattis single in the fourth that allowed a run to score.

Other than Gattis' single, only three other Braves recorded hits, including two by Chris Johnson.

The Braves' magic number stands at one, meaning a Washington Nationals loss to the Miami Marlins would clinch their first division title since 2005.

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Tags: Anthony Rizzo, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Chicago Cubs, Chris Johnson, Evan Gattis, Kris Medlen, MLB, National League East, Travis Wood, Washington Nationals

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