ATLANTA - Nothing has come easy for the Braves, whose 25 final-at-bat victories are the most in baseball. So perhaps it was fitting the Braves were pushed to the last day of the season before claiming a postseason berth.
ATLANTA - Vance Worley combined with four relievers on a three-hitter and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the punchless Braves 7-0 Saturday to drop Atlanta into a tie for the NL wild-card spot.
ATLANTA - Jimmy Rollins' grand slam capped a five-run sixth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat Atlanta 11-5 on Friday night to keep Bobby Cox and the Braves from moving closer to a wild-card berth.
ATLANTA - Bobby Cox is still waiting for the one retirement gift he wants most of all - one last trip to the postseason.
ATLANTA - Bobby Cox wants to make sure the attention being paid to his final regular-season games as Atlanta's manager takes a back seat to the Braves' pursuit of their first playoff berth since 2005.
ATLANTA - Eric Hinske hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves improved their wild card chances with a 3-2 win over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON - Adam Dunn hit two home runs and drove in five runs, Willie Harris hit an inside-the-park homer and Jordan Zimmermann won his first game in 15 months as the Washington Nationals sent the reeling Atlanta Braves to their fourth straight defeat, 8-3 on Friday night.
PHILADELPHIA - Roy Oswalt and a pair of relievers combined on a one-hitter and the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies beat Atlanta 1-0 Wednesday night for their 10th straight win, increasing their bulge over the Braves to six games.
PHILADELPHIA - Cole Hamels had another outstanding outing, and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of an error by Jason Heyward to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Monday night, increasing their lead in the NL East to four games.
NEW YORK - Tim Hudson is back on track and that's big news for Atlanta's playoff chances.
ATLANTA - Bobby Cox's review of the game looked good for his Atlanta Braves.
ATLANTA - Derek Lowe set a career high with 12 strikeouts and combined with Billy Wagner on a six-hitter to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Washington Nationals 4-0 on Monday night.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves scored six runs in the sixth inning, sending 10 hitters to the plate and taking advantage of a dropped fly ball by right fielder Jon Jay to rally for a much-needed 8-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.
PITTSBURGH - Omar Infante had three hits, Derek Lowe beat Pittsburgh for the 10th straight time and the Atlanta Braves got the breakout victory they badly needed, beating the Pirates 9-3 on Wednesday night.
PITTSBURGH - James McDonald pitched seven innings, Ronny Cedeno's triple keyed a five-run seventh and the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates beat the slumping Atlanta Braves for the second straight day, winning 5-0 on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA - Less than 24 hours after the end to a disappointing season, many of the lockers at Turner Field were already cleaned out Monday.
PHILADELPHIA - Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton each homered and the Atlanta Braves held on for a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
PHILADELPHIA - Jonathan Papelbon made his first appearance in Philadelphia since he made a lewd gesture as he left the field, closing out the Phillies' 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night with a scoreless ninth inning.
ATLANTA - Gerrit Cole retired the final 17 hitters he faced, and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 3-2 win over the free-falling Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA - For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, the Atlanta Braves are searching for a general manager.
ATLANTA - For nearly a quarter-century, the Atlanta Braves have been all about stability.
ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman had seen this game before. It looked so very familiar to the first baseman and the sliding Atlanta Braves.
ATLANTA - Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and the Atlanta Braves are running out of time and patience.
ATLANTA - Christian Bethancourt had a three-run single to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 on Wednesday night and preserve their fading playoff hopes.
ATLANTA - The Washington Nationals are again champions of the NL East, wrapping up their second division title in three years against the team that knocked them out of the top spot last season.
ATLANTA - The Braves are still more than two years away from moving into their new suburban ballpark.
ATLANTA - Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Robinson Chirinos hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, sending the Texas Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
WASHINGTON - Adam LaRoche kept up his torrid stretch with two hits and two RBIs, and the Washington Nationals essentially put to rest any thought that there is still a serious race for the NL East title with a 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.