The win for the Braves is their fourth in a row, including their third straight over the second-place Phillies, whose playoff chances are very slim. This leave the Wild Card race as their only hope to get in, but they currently sit 7.5 games out of the final National League playoff spot. They have dropped off in a big way by going 6-14 in the month of September.
Foltynewicz left the game with two runners on in the eighth inning, walking out to a standing ovation, as he helped his team clinch their first division title since 2013. The Braves had a 4-0 lead at the time their starter exited, but the Phillies would rally to make things interesting. Jesse Biddle gave up a two-run single to Cesar Hernandez and an RBI single to Rhys Hoskins, which cut the deficit to one.
Kurt Suzuki would give the Braves some insurance with an RBI single in the eighth, while Arodys Vizcaino recorded a save in his first opportunity since June 17th. It was his 16th save in 18 chances, as he threw a perfect ninth inning to seal the division for the Braves.
The 26-year-old Foltynewicz continued to impress in his first All-Star season, as he left with a 2.88 ERA, which is nearly two full runs lower than his career mark heading in to the season. Johan Camargo and Freddie Freeman each had a big knock to get Atlanta going early on, as they both drove in two with a single. That helped knock Jake Arrieta out after just two innings, as the veteran allowed four run on four hits in the shortest outing of his nine-year career.
The Braves will open the National League Division Series on October 4th, but they still have one more game with the Phillies coming up on Sunday afternoon.