Phillies Are Crowned NL East Champs

Any chance of the Mets trying to win the division has just come to an end.

Only moments agao, the Philadelphia Phillies have defeated the Washington Nationals.

As reported on, closer Brad Lidge sealed Saturday’s 4-3 Phillies win over the Nationals and captured a second straight National League East title — Philadelphia’s first back-to-back division championships since taking three in a row in 1976-78 — it was downright euphoric at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies are going to the playoffs again.

White rally towels waved furiously as the game continued, punctuating a playoff atmosphere. After the game, the Phils doused themselves with champagne and shared the moment with fans.

For the second straight season, the Phillies chased down the Mets in the NL East. The Phils trailed by a season-high 3 1/2 games on Sept. 11, but rallied to claim first place for good on Sept. 20. In its best month, Philadelphia went 16-8 with one game remaining.

The Phillies can bite me.

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