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The Washington Nationals win their first NL East title thanks to an Atlanta Braves 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Fans flocked to Nationals Park hoping to see a division-clinching win and were already cheering loudly early in the game.

The Nationals watched the Phillies clinch the NL East pennant three times in the past five years against them. Now, there's a chance for the reverse.

The Braves beat the Mets, 6-2, this afternoon in Atlanta, putting the onus on the Nationals to in St. Louis for them to clinch the NL East today.

Of the Nationals’ final 21 games, 10 of them will come against the Brewers and Phillies, two teams that appeared to be out of it. They have somehow brought themselves back to the fringes.

Since the all-star break in mid-July, the Reds have morphed into one of baseball’s elite teams from the team that lost five of seven games to the Nationals.