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Braves’ playoff hopes take a hit

Associated Press

Jorge Cantu hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning Tuesday night, and the Florida Marlins damaged Atlanta’s playoff hopes with a 5-4 victory that ended the Braves’ seven-game winning streak.

The Braves fell three games behind the Colorado Rockies in the wild-card race and were pushed to the brink of elimination in the NL East, with Philadelphia taking a five-game lead with five to play.

The Phillies’ 7-4 win over Houston reduced their magic number for clinching the division title to one.

Florida was officially eliminated from playoff contention when the Rockies beat Milwaukee later Tuesday night.

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