The Braves may have left behind all the champagne-spraying and cigar smoking in Chicago where they clinched the division on Sunday but they had a little celebration in mind for the home crowd Tuesday night.

Andrelton Simmons drove a single to center to delight the Turner Field crowd with a walk-off win 3-2 over the Brewers. The Braves were down to their final out in the ninth but Simmons brought a little of his two-homer magic from Sunday home with his third walk-off hit of the season.

Justin Upton led off the ninth with a single off reliever Donovan Hand and advanced to second base on a hit by Evan Gattis that put runners at first and second.

In danger of falling even with St. Louis for the league’s best record the Braves instead kept it at one-half game as the Cardinals defeated the Nationals.

The Braves rallied from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to tie the score and then walked off winners for the 11th time this season.

With the NL’s best record at stake Freddy Garcia has some of his own concerns to address. He was pitching Tuesday night for a chance to claim the fourth starter’s spot in the division series.

Garcia has the postseason track record and now three quality starts as a Brave to make his case to win that spot. He gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings and left Tuesday’s game with a 2-2 tie. Garcia has allowed only four earned runs in 19 2/3 innings in three spot starts. He has a 1.65 ERA in six appearances as a Brave overall including three in relief.

Paul Maholm who’s battled some late-season elbow soreness will pitch in Wednesday’s series finale against the Brewers trying to make a case of his own.

As solid as he was Garcia couldn’t outduel 24-year-old Riverwood High graduate Tyler Thornburg. Thornburg who grew up playing Little League in Sandy Springs gave up only two earned runs in seven innings for his seventh quality start in seven starts this season for the Brewers.

The Braves were starting to time Thornburg the second and third times through the order but he struck out the side in the fifth and got Gattis to ground out to the mound to strand a runner in the sixth.