Worth noting

Worth noting

• The Braves entered this weekend's series with an 11 1/2-game lead in the NL East. It's their largest division lead since Sept. 21, 2003.

• Thursday's win allowed the Braves to complete their first perfect homestand of at least seven games since they swept a nine-game homestand against the Phillies, Pirates and Dodgers in April 2000.

• Veteran left-hander Paul Maholm, who has been sidelined since July 20 with a bruised left wrist, is expected to complete a bullpen session before the end of this weekend. If all goes well, he might make one Minor League rehab start next week.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.