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2012 MLB Standings: Braves Keep Hold Of Wild Card Lead, Tighten NL East Race

The Braves continue to lead the National League Wild Card race and are within 4.5 of the Washington Nationals in the NL East.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 20:  Starting pitcher Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves throws to a Washington Nationals batter during the fourth inning at Nationals Park on August 20, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 20: Starting pitcher Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves throws to a Washington Nationals batter during the fourth inning at Nationals Park on August 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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After salvaging a series split with the San Francisco Giants, the Atlanta Braves continue to lead the National League Wild Card chase — holding a 2.5-game advantage on the St. Louis Cardinals and a 4 game advantage over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are the first team out of a Wild Card spot.

The Washington Nationals' four-game losing streak has also allowed the Braves to move back into the conversation in the National League East standings, and they are now just 4.5 games back of Washington.

NL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Washington 77 50 .606 0 Lost 4
Atlanta 73 55 .572 4.5 Won 2
Philadelphia 61 67 .477 16.5 Won 4
New York 59 69 .461 18.5 Won 2
Miami 58 71 .450 20 Won 1

(updated 8.26.2012 at 8:00 PM PDT)

National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Atlanta 73 55 .570 0 Won 2
St. Louis 70 57 .551 2.5 Won 1
Los Angeles 69 59 .539 4 Lost 1
Pittsburgh 68 59 .535 4.5 Lost 1
Arizona 64 64 .500 9 Lost 3
Philadelphia 61 67 .468 12

Won 4

(updated 8.26.2012 at 8:00 PM PDT)

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