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Braves look for fourth straight win Wednesday against Diamondbacks

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Atlanta’s magic number to clinch the NL East is 10.

Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Riding a three-game winning streak, the Atlanta Braves will try to clinch a series win Wednesday night when they continue their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Atlanta has taken the first two games of the series outscoring Arizona 17-5. A seven-run fifth propelled Atlanta to an 11-4 win Monday while they homered three times Tuesday to win a bullpen game 6-1.

Ian Anderson will be trying to give the bullpen some rest when he takes the mound Wednesday night. After a good first half, a shoulder injury put Anderson on the shelf for over a month. He has not been particularly sharp since returning allowing 19 hits and 10 runs over 19 1/3 innings spanning four starts. Anderson allowed five hits and four runs, including three homers, over 5 2/3 innings in his last start against the Giants.

Right-hander Mitchell Kelly will get the start Wednesday for the Diamondbacks. Kelly returned to the rotation on September 15 after a month long stint on the COVID list after testing positive. He wasn’t sharp in his return allowing 10 hits and four runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Dodgers.

Adam Duvall went hitless in Tuesday’s win snapping his career-best 16-game hitting streak. Freddie Freeman, who moved up to the second spot in the batting order in Monday’s opener, has been red hot going 5-for-9 in the series with four runs scored and two RBI.

Atlanta will enter play Wednesday with a three-game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East standings. Their magic number to clinch the division is 10.

Wednesday’s game has a 9:40 p.m. ET start time and can be seen on Bally Sports South.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, September 22, 9:40 p.m. ET

Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona

TV: Bally Sports South

Streaming: MLB.tv

Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network