After clinching the NL East away from home, the Atlanta Braves are set to return to Turner Field to wrap up the regular season.
They'll be trying to ensure that a majority of their playoff games will be played there, too.Atlanta tries to improve on its league-best record Monday night against the Milwaukee Brewers, whom they've won eight straight against at home.Washington's 4-2 loss to Miami on Sunday officially clinched the division for the Braves (92-63), who were still working on an eventual 5-2 road win over the Chicago Cubs. The visiting clubhouse was the site of a beer and champagne-soaked celebration after the club's first division crown in eight years.Andrelton Simmons provided two home runs, pushing his total to 17 on the year."What a great feeling," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It really is a great feeling to realize we've played 150-some games to get to this point. We knew early on that the Nationals had lost but we still wanted to be able to celebrate and come out with a win. And we did."Now, Atlanta -- which owns the majors' best home record at 52-22 -- has its sights set on wrapping up home-field advantage in the NL playoffs. The Braves are currently 1 1/2 games better than St. Louis for the league's top record and have a game in hand.After three contests with Milwaukee, they'll welcome Philadelphia for a season-ending four-game set.Mike Minor (13-7, 3.19 ERA) gets the start Monday after going 1-0 and allowing one unearned run in 13 innings over two starts versus Milwaukee last year, but Atlanta would like to see him solve his recent first-inning woes.All three of the runs he allowed during a six-inning start in a 6-5 loss at Washington on Tuesday came in the first frame. He's surrendered eight first-inning runs over his last six starts and opponents own a .312 on-base percentage against him in the first inning this year compared to a .274 mark overall."I've got to limit those runs early on in the game," Minor told the team's official website. "For whatever reason, it's happened a few times this year. I've just got to try to fix that."The Brewers (69-86) wore the spoiler hat well in their home finale Sunday, claiming a 6-4 win over St. Louis. They figure to have a good chance to give Atlanta trouble, too, considering how scheduled starter Marco Estrada (6-4, 4.26) has looked of late.Estrada is 2-0 with a 2.62 ERA in seven outings since returning from a strained left hamstring that kept him out for more than two months. He's been especially good in four road starts during that stretch, limiting opponents to two runs over 24 2/3 innings with 23 strikeouts.He threw 6 2/3 innings in a 5-0 win over the Braves on Sept. 11, 2012, after allowing 11 runs over 11 1/3 innings in his first two career starts against them.Milwaukee is one of three clubs to shut out Atlanta twice this season, taking two of three at home June 21-23.Aramis Ramirez is 6 for 14 with a home run off Minor, while Brian McCann is 5 for 11 versus Estrada.