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Dodgers can secure division title with win, Padres loss

Oct 1, 2006 - 3:48 PM LA Dodgers (87-74) at San Francisco (76-84) 4:05 pm EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers know they will be in the postseason. Now it's just a matter of where, and against whom.

One day after clinching a playoff berth, the Dodgers will take aim at a division title when they meet the rival San Francisco Giants in Sunday's finale of a three-game series.

Los Angeles advanced to the postseason for the second time in three years Saturday by virtue of its sixth straight win, a 4-2 triumph vs. San Francisco. Greg Maddux worked seven strong innings and J.D. Drew and Julio Lugo drove in two runs apiece.

The Dodgers currently are tied with the San Diego Padres for the top spot in the National League West Division. They will be the wild card team - and play the New York Mets in the NLDS - unless they win Sunday and the Padres lose to Arizona.

Los Angeles will give the ball to Derek Lowe (16-8, 3.63 ERA), who is trying to win 17 games for the first time since 2003 with Boston. The sinkerballer has not lost in 10 outings, going 6-0 with a 2.42 ERA and surrendering just one home run during that stretch.

Lowe was 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA in six career starts against the Giants before authoring a 5-2 win on August 20, when he allowed just two runs - one earned - in eight innings.

San Francisco, which has lost 12 of its last 14 games, will turn to Jason Schmidt (11-9, 3.96). The righthander is just 1-2 in five meetings with the Dodgers this season despite a 2.62 ERA and a .183 opponents' batting average in those outings.

Schmidt has won only once in his last six starts overall. He was charged with four runs in seven innings in Monday's 7-1 defeat vs. Arizona.

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