Braves reach World Series

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Atlanta Braves reached their third World Series in five years with a 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday to win the best-of-seven National League Championship Series in four games.

Steve Avery and three relievers held the stifled Reds to three hits. "This is what it's all about," said Avery. "I'm proud of myself. We shut them down. I never would have expected that in a million years.

"Our being able to do that against a very good ball club shows we were doing everything right," said Atlanta's Chipper Jones. "Things just kind of went downhill for us," said Red's Ron Gant. "We had no luck in this series."

By completing the first four-game sweep in the 10-year history of the best-of-seven NLCS, the Braves, who have appeared in the last four, will have now been in three of the last four World Series played. However, the Braves have not won a World Series since 1957.