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AP photo by John Bazemore / Atlanta starter Ian Anderson was part of a stellar pitching performance by the Braves in the second game of an NL wild-card series against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday in Atlanta. Atlanta shut out the Reds for the secod straight day to sweep and advance to the division round of the playoffs.

Updated with more information at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2020.

ATLANTA — It had been so long since the Atlanta Braves won a postseason series, Marcell Ozuna wanted to make sure he captured the moment.

Then Adam Duvall jumped on the selfie bandwagon.

Atlanta rookie starter Ian Anderson dazzled in another shutout performance by the Braves, who won a playoff series for the first time in almost two decades by sweeping the light-hitting Cincinnati Reds with a 5-0 victory Thursday.

Ronald Acuña Jr. had three hits for the three-time reigning National League East Division champions, including a run-scoring double in the fifth inning. After winning Wednesday's wild-card series opener 1-0 in 13 innings, Atlanta broke open Thursday's matchup on two-run homers by Ozuna and Duvall off Raisel Iglesias in the eighth.

Following his drive to left-center, Ozuna paused on his jog down the first-base line to hold up his hand and pretend he was taking a photo of himself. When Duvall added another shot, Ozuna called him to the end of the dugout for another selfie.

Duvall said Ozuna "kind of put me in the spotlight right there. I was having fun with it. That's not really my forte. I'm not, I guess, super flashy or anything, but we were having fun with it."

It was definitely a fun day for Ozuna and Co. Not so much for Joey Votto and the Reds.

Anderson struck out nine in six innings as the Braves snapped their record-tying string of losses in 10 consecutive postseason rounds since their most recent playoff series win in 2001. Atlanta will face the Miami Marlins or the Chicago Cubs next week in an NL Division Series in Houston.

Braves manager Brian Snitker described the postgame celebration, somewhat limited by the coronavirus pandemic, as "controlled chaos."

"I told them we're just checking a box off in what we want to get done," Snitker said.

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AP photo by John Bazemore / Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. hits an RBI double during the fifth inning of Game 2 of an NL wild-card series against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday in Atlanta. The Braves won 5-0 to sweep the best-of-three set.

Just like in 2001, when Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz helped lead the way, Atlanta's pitching staff delivered.

The 22-year-old Anderson allowed two hits and walked two in his playoff debut after six regular-season starts. Will Smith, Chris Martin and Mark Melancon each threw one perfect inning.

Anderson said it was special to be part of two consecutive shutouts in the series. Max Fried, the 26-year-old who had a breakout 2019 season and ascended to the top of the rotation this year as others were lost to injury or poor performance, went seven innings in the opener.

"All the credit to Max for going out there yesterday pitch for pitch with (Trevor) Bauer and setting the tone for us," Anderson said.

Cincinnati wasted a solid performance by Luis Castillo, who struck out seven batters in 5 1/3 innings in his first postseason start. Bauer struck out 12 in 7 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday.

The Reds were shut out in consecutive postseason games for the first time. The 22 innings without a run is the longest postseason scoreless streak in franchise history.

"No one feels worse than the guys who put everything they had on the line and it didn't work out," manager David Bell said. "We've got to learn from it and find a way to be better from it."

Atlanta jumped in front in the fifth. With two outs, Austin Riley took off from first base on a pitch Acuña lined into the gap in left-center field. Riley scored easily and Acuña stood on second base, pumping both fists in the air in celebration.

Cincinnati left 13 runners on base Wednesday, when its scoring frustrations continued.

Anderson's second walk of the second inning, to Freddy Galvis, loaded the bases with two outs. Tucker Barnhart's groundout to second base ended the inning. It was the Reds' best scoring chance.

"It's a tough game to play when you're trying not to give up any runs, when you know the offense is struggling," Barnhart said. "When you feel like you can't give up any runs, it's a really damn tough game to play."

The Braves had been 0-7 in their past seven potential clinching games in the postseason, including 0-2 in last year's NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Duvall insisted the Braves had no added motivation to end any of their postseason droughts.

"Honestly I didn't feel any extra pressure that we have to win this series," Duvall said. "The thought is to win every series ... not so much that if we win the next round we'll be further than we've been since '01 or whatever."

After sitting out the final two regular-season games with a sore quadriceps, Riley had no setback in the first round of the playoffs. That doesn't mean the third baseman is fully recovered.

"I think he's sore," Snitker said. "I don't think this is something that is just going to go away. He's just going to have to manage it."

As soon as the game was over, the grounds crew began preparing the field as if there were more games to be played at Truist Park. As it turns out, there are.

Snitker said the Braves would return to the park today for a simulated game and workouts. The team is in a postseason quarantine in its hotel, so Snitker said players need to get out of their rooms.

"We're going to let their minds rest," he said. "That's the thing."

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