Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves

Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton bats during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Thursday Sept. 28 2017 in Miami

Deciding what to do about Stanton, who just had an MVP-worthy season in which he led the majors in home runs (59) and RBI (132) and just earned himself a special place among the pantheon of South Florida's greatest athletes, figures to be the toughest decision to make.

The average time of a nine-inning game in the major leagues rose 4½ minutes this season to a record 3 hours, 5 minutes, 11 seconds, according to the commissioner's office. The victor of Wednesday's wild-card game between the Rockies and Diamondbacks will travel to Los Angeles for Game 1 of an NL Division Series on Friday. Fried, who has posted a 3.21 ERA in his three starts, gave up three earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on September 9. Here's the latest Braves vs. Marlins recap including top players, game statistics, a standings update, and what's next for both of these teams.

The NL wild-card victor will square off with the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers, at Dodger Stadium on Friday.

Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar, all eligible for free agency and integral parts of the 2014-15 clubs that went to back-to-back World Series, were pulled in the fifth inning as the Kauffman Stadium fans showed their appreciation by giving them a standing ovation.

The Yankees sat Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.

For the Miami Marlins, this win moves them to 75-84 for the season with a 41-37 home record. NY tied the game when Matt Holliday hit his 19th home run in the seventh inning.

Cesar Puello added to the inning with an RBI single, and Peter Bourjos capped the rally with a two-run triple. The Brewers finished 86-76, 13 games ahead of last year's pace.

Neither Atlanta nor Miami were able to take a step forward in the National League East like they hoped to this season, with the Marlins sitting at 74-84 on the season and 21 games behind the division leading Nationals, while the Braves are 71-87 and 24 games back.

Giancarlo Stanton hoisted his bat to the crowd after his final swing of the season, then came out for a curtain call before disappearing into a sea of dugout embraces with teammates.

It hasn't been made official, but this could also be the final weekend for New York Mets manager Terry Collins. Oakland has also defeated the Rangers seven straight times.

There were 6,105 home runs hit in the season that ended Sunday, topping the 5,963 in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era.

Carrasco (18-6) gave up six hits and one walk.

Cueto pitched the game's first five innings, leaving in a 4-4 tie.

In avoiding what would have been only the second 99-loss season in franchise history, the Giants prevailed on a day right-hander Johnny Cueto might have started his final game for the team.

Curt Casali hit his first home run of the season and Blake Snell had a career-high 13 strikeouts to lift Tampa Bay over Baltimore. He struck out six of the last seven batters he faced, and got support from home runs by Jason Kipnis, Roberto Perez and Jay Bruce. Andrew McCutchen had led off with a single.



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