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Braves, Cardinals lose

The televisions in the Atlanta clubhouse had all been switched off. The Braves didn't even bother hanging around to watch the team that's been chasing them in the wild-card race. All they cared about was another wrenching loss in their September swoon.

Atlanta squandered an early two-run lead against Cliff Lee as the playoff-bound Philadelphia Phillies rallied for their 100th win of the season, 4-2, over the host Braves Monday night.

"Everybody is upset that we lost the game, but we've still got another game tomorrow," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said, trying to stay upbeat even as his team collapses.

The Braves got some help from the Astros, however, who beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-4, in 10 innings in Houston. The loss kept the Braves one game ahead of the Cardinals for the National League wild card with two games to play.

Barely able to run on an ailing right knee, Chipper Jones homered in the first to get the Braves started, but hit into an inning-ending double play in the eighth with the potential tying runs aboard.

He wasn't paying attention to the Cardinals.

"I don't really care about that," Jones said. "I'll find out what they did later on tonight or tomorrow. Right now, I'm just trying to flush this one and start focusing on Roy Oswalt," who'll start Tuesday night for the Phillies.

Lee (17-8) pitched six strong innings, Jimmy Rollins homered and Raul Ibanez drove in two runs, leading the NL East champions past their division rivals.

The Phillies reached 100 wins for the third time in franchise history.

Tigers 14, Indians 0: Doug Fister (11-13) pitched eight strong innings and Alex Avila drove in three runs to lead host Detroit. Justin Verlander and Fister, who are scheduled to start the first two games of Detroit's first-round playoff series, are a combined 14-0 with a 1.61 ERA in 16 appearances since Aug. 16.-- AP

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