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Thursday, August 29th (All times Eastern)

Cleveland Indians (71-61) at Atlanta Braves (80-52), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Ubaldo Jimenez (9-8, 3.95) Atlanta - Kris Medlen (10-12, 3.74)

(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Braves are in cruise control. On Thursday they try to complete a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians at Turner Field.

Atlanta is 13 games up on the Washington Nationals in the National League East and barring an absolute collapse, is all but assured its third trip to the postseason in the last four years.

The Braves, though, needed some late heroics on Wednesday, as Chris Johnson singled home Jordan Schafer in the ninth inning to lift them to a 3-2 win.

Schafer singled then stole second with one out in the final frame. After Justin Upton flew out to center, reliever Joe Smith (5-2) intentionally walked Freddie Freeman to get to Johnson, who ripped a line drive to left field.

The speedy Schafer raced around third and slid across the plate just ahead of Michael Brantley's throw.

"Anytime someone gets walked to get to you, although obviously it is not personal with Freddie Freeman in front of me and a base open, you want to try and come up big. That is what I did," Johnson said.

Schafer went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two stolen bases, and Brian McCann had two hits and a run scored for the NL East leaders, winners in three straight.

Craig Kimbrel (3-2) earned the win with a perfect ninth inning. Starter Paul Maholm gave up one run, which came on a homer to Mike Aviles, and six hits over six innings.

Aviles drove in both runs for the Indians, who are 5 1/2 games back of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central, but will face them in a series this coming weekend.

"This was not the easiest of losses. It was a well-pitched game. They had a couple of really nice placed hits, but when you get in situations like that against a good team it is always hard to score runs," Aviles said. "We just have to find a way to score runs, it is the only way you're going to win."

Heading to the hill for the Braves on Thursday will be righty Kris Medlen, who is 10-12 with a 3.74 ERA. Medlen lost his second straight start on Friday in St. Louis, as the Cardinals reached him for three runs and six hits in six innings.

"I thought I was cruising pretty good," Medlen said Friday. "I hadn't had to battle yet but I wasn't given the opportunity, so I guess I'm voicing the fact that I didn't appreciate that."

Medlen, who has since apologized to manager Fredi Gonzalez, has never faced the Indians, who will counter him with right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.

Jimenez lost for the third time in four starts on Friday, but pitched well against Minnesota, as he allowed two runs and struck out 10 in six innings to fall to 9-8 to go along with a 3.95 ERA.

"I don't know if he got mad, but he reared back and competed and let it go," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "I thought (Friday) was the best stuff he had all year. He was really good."

Jimenez has faced the Braves eight times and is 3-4 with a 3.78 ERA.

Atlanta took two of three from the Indians the last time these teams squared off back in 2007.

08/29 10:21:35 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
Final
NOP 109
DAL 106
Final
ORL 99
IND 106
Final
PHO 100
LAC 120
Final
ATL 112
MIN 100
Final
TOR 114
DET 110
 
Final
SAN 101
MIL 95
3rd
GSW 77
BOS 71
 
3rd
DEN 82
WAS 74
 
1st
LAL 2
HOU 2
 
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
Final
GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
Final
TENST 55
BEL 63
 
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
VILL 71
CREI 50
Final
MD 68
NW 67
 
2nd
UTAH 45
WASH 38
 
Final
TEAMFOLI 12
TEAMTOEWS 17
Half
CARTER 20
IRVIN 19