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Baseball: Padres Move Close to First-Place Dodgers


In Major League Baseball, the San Diego Padres have moved closer to overtaking the Los Angeles Dodgers for the lead in their division.

The Padres scored eight runs in the third inning Saturday to crush the Dodgers, 11-2.

With two weeks left in the regular season, the Padres are just a half game behind the Dodgers for the lead in the National League West division.

Elsewhere, Alfonso Soriano of the Washington Nationals became the fourth player in major league history to reach 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a season when he stole second base in an 8-5 win over the the Milwaukee Brewers. Soriano has 45 homers.

Elsewhere in the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates delayed the New York Mets clinching of the East division title with a 3-2 win over the Mets. The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Houston Astros, 7-2. The St. Louis Cardinals eased past the San Francisco Giants, 6-1. The Atlanta Braves edged the Florida Marlins, 2-1. Chicago pitcher Rich Hill tossed a two-hitter in the Cubs' 4-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. And, the Arizona Diamondbacks scored a game-ending run in the 16th inning on a sacrifice fly to beat the Colorado Rockies, 7-6.

In the American League, the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox, 7-4. The Texas Rangers doubled the Los Angeles Angels, 12-6. The Minnesota Twins tripped up the Cleveland Indians, 4-1. The Detroit Tigers downed the Baltimore Orioles, 2-0. The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 6-1.

The Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners, 7-4. Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki stole his American League single-season record 33rd consecutive base, and extended his own major league record for 200-hit seasons to begin a career to six.

The Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Yankees came back to win the late game, 7-5.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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