Sun, Sep 30, 2007 - Page 23 News List

Win gives Red Sox AL East title

PLAYOFFS SET Boston will open postseason play at home against the Angels, while Cleveland will play at home against the Yankees, who won the wild card slot

AP , BOSTONAP, CINCINNATI, OHIO

Since returning from a strained thigh that sidelined him for most of last month, Soriano has gone on a tear. He has 13 homers this month, matching Ernie Banks' record of 50 years ago.

Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 2

At Denver, Brandon Webb and the Diamondbacks clinched a playoff spot, stopping the Rockies' 11-game winning streak and putting a crimp in their postseason plans.

Arizona's win combined with the New York Mets' loss to Florida put Arizona into the postseason for the first time since 2002.

Padres 6, Brewers 3

At Milwaukee, Khalil Greene hit a go-ahead double and drove in three runs as the wild card-leading Padres eliminated the Brewers from postseason contention.

Greg Maddux (14-11) gave up three runs and six hits in five innings for his 347th win. San Diego has a two-game lead in the wild card but remained one game behind Arizona in the NL West.

Marlins 7, Mets 4

At New York, Third baseman David Wright missed an easy force play and Oliver Perez hit a pair of batters with the bases loaded as the Mets stumbled out of the NL East lead.

New York has lost five straight and 11 of 15 to fall one game back of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets' eighth straight home loss dropped them out of first place for the first time since May 15.

Phillies 6, Nationals 0

At Philadelphia, Cole Hamels struck out 13 in eight dominant innings and Ryan Howard hit his 45th homer as the Phillies moved closer to ending a 14-year playoff drought.

Hamels (15-5) shut down the Nationals with an overpowering fastball and his trademark changeup. He allowed six hits in his third start since missing a month with a strained elbow.

Braves 7, Astros 2

At Houston, Jeff Francoeur hit the go-ahead two-run homer as the Braves beat the Astros.

Rookie left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes (2-2) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings one night after the Braves were eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to Philadelphia.

Cardinals 6, Pirates 1

At Pittsburgh, Jim Edmonds broke open a tight game with a three-run single in the eighth inning, helping the Cardinals win their third straight.

So Taguchi drove in two runs and David Eckstein scored three times for the defending World Series champions, who have already been eliminated from the playoffs.

Dodgers 8, Giants 3

At Los Angeles, David Wells capped off his season with a victory and singled home a run and James Loney continued his torrid month with another homer as the Dodgers beat the Giants.

Wells (9-9) allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings. He completed his 21st big league season with a career-worst 5.43 ERA, but was 4-1 in seven starts with the Dodgers.

Wells signed with the Dodgers after being designated for assignment by the San Diego Padres.

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