ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The
will have to wait at least one more day to celebrate.
worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth inning to record his first save in more than four years and secure the
' 3-2 victory over the Braves.
Moments after Florida's loss to Philadelphia reduced the Braves' magic number to clinching the National League East Division to one, Atlanta loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against
Trying to preserve a 3-1 lead, Cincinnati manager Dave Miley turned to White, whose last save came on September 1, 2000 while with Colorado, to face
. Just 1-for-16 with the bases loaded this season, including a groundout with two outs in the eighth inning of Atlanta's 11-8 loss on Wednesday, Jones lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to cut the deficit to 3-2.
"(White) just jammed me just enough from getting the barrel on it," Jones said. "It's frustrating. I feel like I've been missing pitches all year. To have that opportunity to get the game tied with a base hit, it bugs me. I want so bad to come through in that situation."
But four pitches later, White induced a popout by
to prevent the Braves from locking up their 13th consecutive division title.
"We knew Atlanta was ready to clinch," said
, who drove in Cincinnati's third run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. "We wanted to get out of here and let them do it against somebody else. We didn't want to be clinched against."
The effort by White sealed the win for starter
(4-2), who allowed an unearned run and two hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in five innings.
"We're playing the spoiler role right now," Hudson said. "Unfortunately, we're not in playoff contention. All that matters is that we came out on top."
(15-8) also pitched well, yielding two runs and four hits in six innings. The righthander, who walked three and struck out six, fell to 1-4 lifetime against Cincinnati.
Atlanta pounced on Hudson early but only could manage one run in the first inning.
opened the frame by reaching on an error by Hudson and stole second before moving to third on
' bunt single. J.D. Drew and Jones struck out, but Giles stole second and Furcal scored on a wild pitch.
Giles was stranded at third when Estrada grounded out to first.
"We left too many runners on," said Atlanta manager
, who remained five away from his 2,000th career win. "We had the right guys up there several times. We just couldn't get it done."
Wright made the lead stand until the sixth, when he issued a leadoff walk to
and Casey followed with a double.
, who struck out three times to move within eight of
' single-season record of 189, tied the game with an RBI groundout and D'Angelo Jimenez followed with a run-scoring single to center.
"I've been feeling sick for probably three or four days," Wright said. "That leadoff walk in the sixth killed me."
collected two hits to tie
for 90th place on the all-time list with 2,449.
The Braves can clinch the NL East when they host second-place Florida on Friday.