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The Daily Chop: NL East lead widens, rotation improvement and more

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Kyle Wright and Ian Anderson gave the Braves a much needed shot in the arm over the weekend.

Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves knocked off Patrick Corbin and Max Scherzer on back-to-back days in route to a series win in Washington. Atlanta won three of the four games and left 22 men on base in the one game that did lose. In the process, they increased their lead in the NL East to 3.5 games.

Perhaps the best part of the weekend came on the mound as Ian Anderson and Kyle Wright put together a pair of good starts on back-to-back days. Anderson was dominant on Saturday allowing just one hit over seven shutout innings. Wright allowed eight hits and three earned runs over six innings and showed much more poise than we saw earlier this season. With Cole Hamels scheduled to make his debut on Wednesday and Max Fried looming on Friday, Atlanta’s rotation situation is finally improving.

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Max Scherzer came out on the losing side Sunday but reached a milestone by finishing the game with 10 strikeouts for the 98th time in his career. Scherzer is fifth on the list of most career games with at least 10 strikeouts trailing only Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez.

Cubs right-hander Alec Mills no-hit the Milwaukee Brewers in a 12-0 win for Chicago Sunday. Mills walked three and struck out five while throwing 114 pitches. It was the first no-hitter by a Cubs pitcher since Jake Arrieta turned the trick against the Reds in 2016.

The Cincinnati Reds placed starter Sonny Gray on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a back strain. Sal Romano was recalled to take Gray’s spot on the active roster.

The San Francisco Giants scratched Kevin Gausman from his scheduled start Sunday due to tightness in his throwing elbow. Gausman will undergo an MRI but is not going on the injured list yet.

The Miami Marlins swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Phillies with rookie Braxton Garrett getting the start and the win in Game 2. The Marlins called up Garrett, who is their ninth best prospect according to Baseball America, and designated him as the 29th man for the doubleheader. Garrett allowed three hits and one run over five innings in his debut.