BRIEFS - BRAVES CLINCH
Atlanta clinched its 12th straight division title Thursday when second place Florida was mathematically eliminated from the NL East race after a 5-4 loss to Philadelphia. The record title streak started in 1991, when the Braves won the NL West. They moved to the East Division in 1994 and trailed Montreal by six games when the strike stopped the season in August.
Detroit lost its 114th game, the fifth-highest total in major league history, falling to the Blue Jays 10-6 Thursday night. The Tigers were swept in a series for the 20th time this season and have lost at least six in a row for the 10th time this season. The only teams with more losses in a season are the 1935 Boston Braves (38-115), 1916 Philadelphia Athletics (36-117), 1962 New York Mets (40-120) and 1899 Cleveland Spiders (20-134).
Eric Gagne recorded the first two-inning save of his career, pitching the eighth and ninth of the Dodgers 2-0 victory over Arizona. It was Gagne's 52nd consecutive save this season, and his major league record 60th in a row dating to Aug. 28, 2002.
Mike Maroth lost his 21st game, allowing seven runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings, as Detroit fell to Toronto 10-6 Thursday night. He is the first 21-game loser since 1974, when Mickey Lolich lost 21, and Bill Bonham, Randy Jones and Steve Rogers lost 22.
The Twins beat the White Sox for the fifth straight time, 5-3 on Thursday night, opening their lead over Chicago in the AL Central to 31⁄2; games. The Twins play seven of their nine remaining against Detroit (38-114).