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The Daily Chop: Braves extend NL East lead

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Atlanta will carry a three-game lead in the NL East into Monday’s matchup against the Marlins.

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The Atlanta Braves salvaged a series split Sunday with a win over the Washington Nationals to improve their record to 24-16 on the season. That combined with a Phillies loss Sunday increased Atlanta’s lead in the NL East to three full games. The Miami Marlins, who will arrive at Truist Park Monday to begin a three-game series, are in third place and 4.5 games back.

The Braves have just 20 games remaining in the regular season and will head back out on the road for their final road trip after the completion of the Marlins series. That trip will take Atlanta to Washington for four games, Baltimore for three and New York for three. They will then return home for a four game set against Miami before wrapping up the regular season with three against the Red Sox.

Ian Anderson will start Monday’s series opener against Miami with Tommy Milone slated to go on Wednesday. The Braves have yet to announce a starter for Game 2 of the series but Kyle Wright would seem to be a logical choice. Wright was demoted following his start on August 14 after he walked six and gave up three runs to the Marlins in just three innings. He has shown flashes but the overall numbers are ugly as he has allowed 17 hits, 16 walks, and 12 runs in just 15 innings.

More Braves News

Freddie Freeman hit his second career grand slam in the last three days Sunday to help the Braves dispatch Patrick Corbin and the Nationals 10-3.

Prior to Sunday’s game, the Braves added a fresh arm to the bullpen recalling Bryse Wilson while optioning Chad Sobotka back to the alternate site. Wilson worked the ninth inning of Sunday’s win allowing four hits and two runs.

MLB News

Jacob deGrom put together one of his most dominant performances ever Sunday against the Phillies recording 35 swinging strikes in a Mets win. DeGrom allowed one run over seven innings and struck out 12 in a 14-1 win at Citi Field.

The Phillies came into Sunday playing well but are dealing with some injuries in the outfield. Philadelphia placed Jay Bruce and Roman Quinn on the injured list prior to Sunday’s loss in New York. Bruce is dealing with an injured left quad while Quinn was placed on the 7-day concussion IL after crashing into the outfield wall Saturday night.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has a new multi-year contract and says the top priority is to get a long-term deal done for manager Dave Martinez.

The Toronto Blue Jays are in the playoff hunt in the American League but could be without one of their key players for an extended period. Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez is dealing with left rib cage stiffness and is headed for further examination and likely the injured list. Hernandez is hitting .308/.358/.637 with 14 home runs in just 159 plate appearances this season.