The Braves clinched the NL East title while they were still batting in sixth inning of their game at Wrigley Field on Sunday when the Marlins beat the second-place Nationals in Washington.

The Cubs were probably thankful since it meant they wouldn’t have to face Julio Teheran for more than one more inning.

Teheran had no trouble with Chicago batters for six innings of a 5-2 win in the series finale striking out seven walking none and allowing one run and four hits only one of which was a clean hit. He was replaced after throwing 67 strikes in 91 pitches.

Andrelton Simmons hit two home runs and league MVP candidate Freddie Freeman had three hits including a two-run homer in the first inning staking Teheran (13-8) to a lead that he and the bullpen wouldn’t relinquish.

The Braves finished a 3-3 trip with a win assuring their postgame celebration and flight home wouldn’t have the feel of backing into the division title. Plenty of Braves fans in the crowd of 30515 cheered when the scoreboard above center field flashed the final score from the Nationals game knowing that loss meant the Braves had their first division title since 2005.