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Pirates 2, Braves 1

Updated: October 1, 2012, 11:10 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Fredi Gonzalez didn't really expect the Atlanta Braves to catch the Washington Nationals. Not after trailing the front-running and rarely faltering Nationals all summer and into the fall.

Still, the Braves manager took pride in the way his team stubbornly hung in there. And while Atlanta's chase for the National League East title officially ended with a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night, Gonzalez was hardly disappointed.

A year after a stunning September collapse ...

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