Saturday's National League Capsules

Oct 4, 2009 - 5:50 AM LOS ANGELES(AP) -- The Dodgers' magic number for clinching the NL West is down to zero - finally.

After a season-worst five-game losing streak, they came through with one game left in the regular season and beat the stubborn Colorado Rockies 5-0 on Saturday night with a five-run seventh triggered by an RBI single from pinch-hitter Ronnie Belliard and an RBI double by Mark Loretta and six scoreless innings by 21-year-old lefty Clayton Kershaw.

Los Angeles' second straight division title wasn't as easy to secure as it appeared to be last weekend, when it held a six-game lead with seven games remaining. The Rockies, who were 15 1/2 games behind the Dodgers on June 3, entered this three-game series having to sweep to win their first division title in the franchise's 17-year history.

Marlins 4, Phillies 3=

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Anibal Sanchez pitched seven strong innings to lead Florida over Philadelphia, which still clinched home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs with St. Louis' loss.

The Phillies have lost three straight since clinching their third consecutive NL East title. The Phillies could have clinched home field with wins in their final two games and two losses by Los Angeles.

Philadelphia, the defending World Series champion, went 7-0 at home in the playoffs last season and will host the opening game Wednesday.

Cole Hamels (10-11), last season's World Series MVP, allowed three runs and three hits while walking two and striking out two in three innings.

Ryan Howard hit his 45th home run for the Phillies.

Sanchez (4-8) kept Philadelphia's prolific offense quiet, allowing one run and five hits. Leo Nunez got his 26th save.

Brewers 5, Cardinals 4=

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ryan Braun reached 200 hits for the first time on a two-run homer in the first inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers went on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals to ensure the NL Central champions will open the postseason on the road.

Kyle Lohse (6-10) worked six innings in his final bid to make the St. Louis postseason rotation, allowing five runs but only two earned. The Cardinals will pick between 42-year-old John Smoltz and Lohse for their fourth starting spot in the playoffs.

Carlos Villanueva (4-10) won his first game as a starter in six attempts. Trevor Hoffman worked the ninth for his 37th save in 40 chances.

Nationals 6, Braves 4, 11 innings=

ATLANTA (AP) - Justin Maxwell hit a two-out, two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves for their sixth straight victory.

The Nationals, who have the worst record in the majors at 58-103, sent the Braves to their fifth loss in a row.

After both teams scored two runs in the 10th, Maxwell homered off Manny Acosta (1-1).

Zack Segovia (1-0) won despite giving up two runs in the 10th. Logan Kensing got his first save.

Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 0=

CHICAGO (AP) - Randy Wells allowed three hits in seven strong innings and struck out a career-high 10, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Wells (12-10) gave up a leadoff double to Stephen Drew and then retired 14 straight before Eric Byrnes hit a two-out single in the fifth. Wells' 12 wins are the most by a Cubs rookie since Kerry Wood had 13 in 1998.

Chicago broke a scoreless tie with three runs off Daniel Cabrera (0-6) in the fourth.

Mets 5, Astros 1=

NEW YORK (AP) - Pat Misch pitched five solid innings before his outing was cut short by a long rain delay and the New York Mets beat the Houston Astros.

Fernando Tatis had two hits and two RBIs for New York, which scored all of its runs with two outs.

Misch (3-4) allowed one run and five hits to close his season with consecutive wins, raising his career record to 3-11 in 60 games. Francisco Rodriguez got one out for his 35th save in 42 opportunities.

Rookie Yorman Bazardo (1-3) took the loss. Houston's Miguel Tejada extended his hitting streak to 20 games.

Reds 8, Pirates 4=

CINCINNATI (AP) - Joey Votto homered and drove in three runs and Scott Rolen homered as the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of Zach Duke's control problems to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Johnny Cueto (11-11) rebounded from a rough first inning for the win. Duke (11-16) walked a season-high five, one short of his career high.

Padres 2, Giants 0=

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Left-hander Wade LeBlanc held San Francisco to two hits in seven innings and struck out a career-high eight to lead San Diego.

The Padres improved to 37-24 since July 28, the fourth-best record in the major leagues during that span. The Padres are 10-7 against the Giants this year with one game to go, clinching the season series for the third time in five years.

LeBlanc (3-1), in his third stint this season with the Padres, improved to 3-0 in six September starts. He walked one and allowed only one base runner to reach second.

Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his NL-leading 42nd save in 48 chances.

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