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Baseball: Dodgers catch Padres for division lead


With two days left in Major League Baseball's regular season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have moved into a tie with the San Diego Padres for the National League West division title.

The Dodgers scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning Friday to beat the Giants, 4-3, in San Francisco. Meanwhile, the Padres dropped a 3-1 decision to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The St. Louis Cardinals moved one-and-a-half games ahead of the Houston Astros for the Natinal League Central division title. The Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-5, while the Astros and star pitcher Roger Clemens dropped a 4-1 contest to the Atlanta Braves.

Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Phillies still have a chance at earning the National League wild card playoff spot after crushing the Florida Marlins, 14-2.

In the American League, the playoff-bound Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins remain tied for the Central division lead after both lost Friday. The Tigers blew a 5-0 lead, then gave up three home runs in the top of the 11th inning to drop a 9-7 contest to the Kansas City Royals. The Chicago White Sox edged the Twins, 4-3.

In the other American League games, the New York Yankees downed the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-2. The Boston Red Sox got by the Baltimore Orioles, 4-3. The Cleveland Indians edged the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 2-1. The Texas Rangers tripped up the Seattle Mariners, 6-5. And, the Los Angeles Angels shut out the West division champion Oakland Athletics, 6-0.

In the National League, the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-2. The Cincinnati Reds downed the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-2. And, the New York Mets eked out a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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