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CHICAGO — The Atlanta Braves clinched their first NL East title since 2005, then rode two homers by Andrelton Simmons to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs that touched off a wild party in the cramped visitors’ clubhouse at Wrigley Field.

The game was in the sixth when Washington lost 4-2 to Miami in a doubleheader opener, giving the Braves the division championship. There were a few high-fives in Atlanta’s dugout when the Marlins won, and a couple of Braves fans did the tomahawk chop in the stands.

St. Louis clinched a playoff berth before taking the field when the Nationals lost.

Reds 11, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH — Rookie Billy Hamilton got three hits and stole two more bases as Cincinnati tied Pittsburgh for the NL wild-card lead at 89-67.

Jay Bruce hit a three-run double and Todd Frazier followed with a homer that capped a five-run burst in the first against Jeff Locke (10-7).

Bronson Arroyo (14-11) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings to win for the first time since Aug. 24.

Marlins 4, Nationals 2

WASHINGTON — Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich homered for the Marlins in a doubleheader opener, dropping Washington 5½ games back of wild-card co-leaders Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

The Nationals honored retiring manager Davey Johnson with a 15-minute pregame celebration.

Mets 4, Phillies 3

PHILADELPHIA — Wilfredo Tovar hit a two-run, seventh-inning single in his major league debut, putting the Mets ahead for good at 3-2.

LaTroy Hawkins earned his 100th career save and 12th this season by striking out Jimmy Rollins to end it. Trying to stop a streak of four straight fourth-place finishes in the NL East, the Mets completed a three-game sweep and tied the Phillies for third.

Carlos Torres (4-5) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings to beat Cliff Lee (14-7), who gave up three runs — two earned — and eight hits in seven innings.

Dodgers 1, Padres 0

SAN DIEGO — Adrian Gonzalez scored an unearned run and Zack Greinke combined with three relievers on a two-hitter for the NL West champions.

Diamondbacks 13, Rockies 9

DENVER (AP) — Matt Davidson hit a three-run homer for the second straight day, and Arizona hung on after opening leads of 7-1 in the third and 13-5 in the ninth.

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