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Braves News: Braves clinch first-round Bye in Loss, Ronald Acuna Jr. back in lineup, more

The Braves could not get back in the win column on Monday.

Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves Photo by Matthew Grimes Jr./Atlanta Braves/Getty Images

Post-division clinching hangovers do occur multiple times every year.

However, the Braves will be the first to tell you that losing the next four games after the fact was not the plan, including another lackluster performance on Monday night in a 7-1 loss to the Phillies. Though Ronald Acuna Jr. returned to the lineup, Zach Wheeler kept the Braves silent after a first inning home run by Ozzie Albies. Meanwhile, Kyle Wright experienced plenty of struggles in his second straight start.

The end result is the Braves now 3 12 games up on the Dodgers for the best record in the NL and only 2 games up on the Orioles for best record in baseball. Though the Braves did clinch a first-round bye on Monday, their lead for the best record in baseball is important because the Braves certainly want to have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. To do that, they must get back in the win column.

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