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Braves sweep Cubs to clinch home field throughout postseason

ATLANTA — Matt Olson hit his major league-leading 54th home run and the Atlanta Braves beat the slumping Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Thursday night to lock in home field advantage throughout the postseason. .

Austin Riley had three hits and scored two runs as the Braves (103-56) won for the sixth time in seven games. The NFC East champion could end the season with a sweep of the Nationals, tying the franchise’s winning record.

Chicago lost 13 of 19 games and failed to qualify for the NFC wild card. After being swept in three games by the Braves, the Cubs (82-77) trailed Miami by a half to claim the third wild card, with results yet to come from the Marlins’ rain-delayed game against the New York Mets. announced.

Atlanta rookie AJ ​​Smith-Shawver allowed one run in 3 2/3 hitless innings. Kyle Wright (1-3) then came on and pitched 2 1/3 innings of one-run ball. Raisel Iglesias made a perfect 32nd save in the ninth inning.

Chicago right-hander Marcus Stroman (10-9) allowed four runs, two earned runs and four hits in two innings. This was his second start and fourth appearance since coming off the injured list on September 15.

Seiya Suzuki had three hits and two RBIs for the Cubs. Nico Hoerner went 2-for-4 and scored.

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