Walker homers, Pirates beat first-place Braves 3-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Neil Walker hit a two-run homer, Brian Burres limited Atlanta to one run over six innings in his first start in more than three months and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the slumping Braves 3-1 on Monday.

Despite losing its fourth in five games, Atlanta was assured of remaining in first place in the National League East for at least another day when Florida beat Philadelphia 7-1 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

The Braves own a one-game lead over the Phillies. The Braves have led the division every day since May 31, but have lost six games off that edge since July 22.

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