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By the morning of Sept.11, Boston had resumed its surge into first place, holding a tenuous 2 ½ game lead over the New York Giants. The standings looked like this:
|New York Giants||69||56||.552||2.5||4-5|
|St. Louis Cardinals||68||62||.523||6||4-2|
The Braves would go 5-1 over the next seven days, winning the final game of the series from Philadelphia, taking two of three from Brooklyn and two from St. Louis.
Boston managed this record despite the return of itss early season bugaboo, poor fielding. In the six games, Braves fielders committed 16 errors, including seven (!) against Brooklyn on Sept. 14th. But Dick Rudolph overcame the miscues, along with eight hits and a walk, and recorded his 21st victory as Boston held on for a 4-3 victory.
Overall, Rabbit Maranville accounted for 6 errors at short, while Possum Whitted added three more (all in the Sept. 14th game) while filling in for Johnny Evers at second.
Despite the fielding miscues, the Braves added a game to their lead, holding a 3.5 game lead with 24 games left. The Braves would participate in nine more double-headers before the season ended.
The standings on the morning of Sept. 18 1914 looked like this:
|New York Giants||74||59||.556||3.5||5-3|
|St. Louis Cardinals||71||64||.526||7.5||3-2|