Braves open up a small gap
The Atlanta Braves took three of four from the San Diego Padres over the weekend and now lead the Washington Nationals by 3.5 games in the National League East Division.
Julio Teheran (5-4) held the Padres hitless over the first six innings as the 27-year-old right-hander walked three and struck out 11 before exiting with a tight hamstring. Still Teheran had done more than enough to help the Braves to a 4-1 triumph as Atlanta, 17/1 to win the World Series, continue to set the pace in the NL East Division.
On Monday the Braves have the day off before taking on the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. It's the opener of a brief two-game set before Atlanta return to the SunTrust Park in Cumberland to host the Baltimore Orioles and the Cincinnati Reds.
Michael Soroka will get the call in the first game of the series with the Blue Jays expected to counter with Jaime Garcia. Anibal Sanchez and JA Happ are on tap for Wednesday's finale.
The Braves have won six of their last 10 games with all of their numbers trending in the right direction. Atlanta have 21 victories both at home and on the road for a 42-29 mark, tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the best record in the National League.
Moreover, the 344 runs scored are the tops in the senior circuit and Atlanta's +67 run differential is second only to the Chicago Cubs. A year earlier than anticipated, the Braves appear to be for real and with an excellent talent pipeline on the way.
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