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Baseball: Padres Move Past Dodgers Into First Place


The San Diego Padres have replaced the Los Angeles Dodgers atop baseball's National League West division.

The Padres edged the Dodgers 2-1 Sunday to move a half game ahead of Los Angeles.

In the only other tight race in the major leagues, the Minnesota Twins pulled to just a game behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central division with two weeks left in the regular season.

The Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 6-1 Sunday, while the Tigers gave up four runs to Baltimore in the 10th inning, losing to the Orioles, 12-8.

Elsewhere in the American League, the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champion Chicago While Sox with a 5-4 win. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 5-3. The Texas Rangers eased by the Los Angeles Angels, 8-1. The Seattle Mariners doubled the Kansas City Royals, 10-5. And, the Boston Red Sox beat their arch-rival New York Yankees twice, 6-3 and 5-4.

In the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates delayed the New York Mets clinching of the National League East division with a 3-0 decision. The Philadelphia Phillies downed the Houston Astros, 6-4, led by Ryan Howard's major league-leading 57th home run of the season. The Atlanta Braves scored five runs in the bottom of the 10th after giving up four runs in the top of the inning to come away with an 8-7 win over the Florida Marlins. The Colorado Rockies defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-1. The Chicago Cubs crushed the Cincinnati Reds, 11-3. And, the Washington Nationals got by the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-1.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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