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Archive for Monday, September 18, 2006

Sledge muddies Dodgers

Pinch hitter gives Padres first place

September 18, 2006

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— Pinch-hitter Terrmel Sledge singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-1, Sunday to take over first place in the NL West for the first time since Aug. 9.

The victory gave the Padres a half-game lead over Los Angeles, while the Dodgers took a one-game lead over Philadelphia for the wild card.

Sledge singled to right off Jonathon Broxton to score pinch-runner Khalil Greene from second base. Josh Bard singled with one out, Greene came into the game, and Geoff Blum walked.

With the bases loaded, Broxton (3-1) struck out Brian Giles and retired Josh Barfield on a foul pop to keep the Dodgers within one run.

Pirates 3, Mets 0

Pittsburgh - The New York Mets failed for the third straight day to clinch the NL East title at PNC Park. The Mets can clinch at home tonight with a victory over Florida or a loss by the Phillies.

Zach Duke (10-13) pitched shutout ball for eight innings, Freddy Sanchez had two hits and two RBIs, and Chris Duffy scored two times for the Pirates.

Phillies 6, Astros 4

Houston - Ryan Howard hit his major league-leading 57th home run, and Mike Lieberthal connected twice.

Jimmy Rollins also homered. Howard tied a team record with 29 road home runs in a season. He has homered in 16 of the 19 parks he has played in this year.

Braves 8, Marlins 7 (10)

Atlanta - Marcus Giles hit an RBI single, and another runner scored when Florida left fielder Josh Willingham let the ball go through his legs, capping a five-run rally.

After Florida scored four times in the top of the 10th, errors by shortstop Hanley Ramirez and Willingham let Atlanta win it.

It was a demoralizing defeat for the young Marlins, who fell four games behind Los Angeles in the wild-card race.

Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 1

Phoenix - Jeff Francis gave up three hits in eight strong innings, and Jeff Baker hit his first homer of the season. Miguel Batista (10-7) gave up three runs in six innings for the loss.

Cubs 11, Reds 3

Chicago - Carlos Zambrano hit his fifth homer and threw seven shutout innings. Zambrano (15-6) had missed his last two starts with back stiffness and earned his first win since Aug. 24. He gave up four hits, struck out six and walked four.

Nationals 6, Brewers 1

Washington - Austin Kearns homered and hit the go-ahead single in the seventh. Doug Davis (10-11) was perfect for the first 41â3 innings before Kearns hit his 23rd home run.

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