Atlanta still fighting for chance at playoffs

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ATLANTA - It wasn't the last game of 2007 for the Braves. But it felt that way.

In the morning, boxes cluttered Atlanta's clubhouse as players began to clean out their lockers. In the afternoon, the crowd came through the turnstiles for one last game at Turner Field.

The Braves said good bye the best way they could, rallying from three runs down with a four-run seventh inning in a 7-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was a home finale to remember in the final days of a season to forget.

Martin Prado drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the seventh inning, and the Braves scored two more runs in the eighth.

They've won seven out of eight, and finished the season 44-37 at Turner Field after a final 6-1 home stand.

"It's something to give the fans and let them know we're still fighting," right fielder Jeff Francoeur said. "We're still going."

Barely.

Mathematical elimination from postseason contention could come as soon as Tuesday, when the Braves (82-74) begin their final road trip of the season at Philadelphia. With six games to go, Atlanta is 5 games back in the National League East and 3 games out of the wild card.

On Sunday, after Matt Diaz tied the game at 4 with an RBI single in the seventh, Prado - pinch hitting for Corky Miller - followed with a line drive to left to give the Braves a 5-4 lead.

Jo-Jo Reyes gave up four runs - three earned - in 5q innings to put the Braves down 4-1 after six innings.


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