ATLANTA (AP) — Charlie Morton threw seven scoreless innings, Jorge Soler hit a two-run single and the Atlanta Braves escaped a ninth-inning jam to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Tuesday night and move closer to their fourth consecutive NL East title. Atlanta reduced its magic number to three games in the division race and extended its lead to 3 1/2 games over the second-place Phillies, who no longer control their fate with five games left. The loss eliminated Philadelphia from contention
Don Mattingly said he has noticed a little “twinge of jealousy.” It’s the final week of the Major League Baseball season and a slew of teams — the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and basically the entire American League East except for the Orioles among them — are going down to the wire trying to clinch playoff spots.
A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ NL EAST SHOWDOWN Zack Wheeler (14-9, 2.79 ERA) pitches for Philadelphia in the opener of a pivotal three-game series at Atlanta. Charlie Morton (13-6, 3.53) is on the mound for the Braves, who lead the NL East by 2 1/2 games over the Phillies with a few days left in the season. “I think you get to the end of the year and you look for an opportunity to get to the playoffs, and that’s exactly what we have," Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi sa