The Braves clinched their 13th consecutive division title last night in Atlanta, winning the NL East with an 8-7 victory over the Florida Marlins.
Marcus Giles' go-ahead single capped Atlanta's three-run rally in the eighth. The Braves' record streak of division championships began with the 1991 NL West title and excludes the 1994 strike-shortened season.
Giles delivered a two-run single against Marlins closer Armando Benitez, who took over for Guillermo Mota (9-7) in the eighth.
The Braves have relied on strong pitching through their run, but they used seven relievers last night after starter Russ Ortiz was chased in the third.
John Smoltz pitched the ninth for his 41st save in 46 chances. Smoltz got Jeff Conine to ground into a game-ending double play, and Braves players rushed to the mound around Smoltz.
Conine called the Braves' streak of division titles "pretty unbelievable."
"Give them credit," Conine said. "They always win."
* CUBS 2, METS 1: Derrek Lee hit an RBI single in the 10th and Aramis Ramirez homered in the seventh, to lead visiting Chicago.
The Cubs won their fourth straight and 13th in 16 games to maintain their lead in the NL wild-card race. The Cubs (87-66) moved more than 20 games over .500 for the first time since Oct. 1, 1989, when they finished 93-69.
* ASTROS 1, BREWERS 0: Craig Biggio's sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th lifted visiting Houston to victory. The Astros remained 21/2 games behind the Cubs.
Roger Clemens was denied his 19th victory and took a no-decision, but struck out a season-high 12 to surpass 200 for the 12th time in his career.
* DODGERS 3, GIANTS 2: Shawn Green hit a two-run homer in San Francisco, a day before the first baseman will miss a game to observe the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur.
Barry Bonds hit his 702nd home run, but San Francisco couldn't muster much else against Odalis Perez. Eric Gagne issued three straight two-out walks in the ninth before retiring Yorvit Torrealba on a bases-loaded flyout to preserve a tense victory.
* CARDINALS 5, ROCKIES 4: Albert Pujols homered, Jeff Suppan improved to 10-0 on the road and St. Louis made a winner of Larry Walker in his return to Colorado. Walker went 0 for 4 in his first game back at Coors Field since the Rockies traded him to St. Louis on Aug. 6. Suppan improved to 16-8.
* PADRES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5: Pinch runner Khalil Greene scored the winning run on third baseman Chad Tracy's fielding error with one out in the ninth, and host San Diego kept its slim playoff hopes alive.
The Padres remained 41/2 games behind the Cubs in the wild-card race and 51/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.
* EXPOS 8, PHILLIES 1: Sun Woo Kim came within an out of his first career complete game and shutout and also hit a two-run double in Montreal. Kim (4-5) allowed seven hits and one run in 82/3 innings -- his longest outing in 26 career starts.
* REDS 14, PIRATES 8: Cincinnati's Austin Kearns had a career-high four hits, including a homer, and five RBI in Pittsburgh.