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Dodgers blast past San Diego

Four HRs in 9th set up Garciaparra

Talk about the wild, wild West.

The Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning off Rudy Seanez after Los Angeles hit a record-tying four consecutive homers in the ninth to tie it, and the Dodgers moved into first place in the NL West with an 11-10 victory over the San Diego Padres last night at Dodger Stadium.

The Padres scored three times in the top of the ninth and led, 9-5, heading into the bottom of the inning. But Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew hit consecutive homers off Jon Adkins before Trevor Hoffman came in and allowed homers to Russell Martin and Marlon Anderson on his first two pitches. Julio Lugo then flew to center.

Rafael Furcal narrowly missed a fifth homer in the inning, hitting a fly to the right-field wall for the final out.

It was the fourth time in major league history a team hit four consecutive homers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last time was on May 2, 1964, when Minnesota accomplished the feat against Kansas City in the 11th inning.

In the 10th, Josh Bard's two-out single off Aaron Sele (8-6) brought home Brian Giles, who had doubled, to give San Diego a 10-9 lead.

Seanez walked Kenny Lofton to lead off the bottom of the 10th before giving up Garciaparra's 18th homer.

Mets 4, Marlins 0 -- New York ended nearly two decades of disappointment in its division and days of delay, clinching the NL East for the first time since 1988 at Shea Stadium.

Jose Valentin, one of their unexpected stars, homered twice and Steve Trachsel, their longest-tenured player, combined with three relievers on a four-hitter.

New York had hoped to clinch last week at Florida or Pittsburgh. But the 280 or so bottles of sparkling wine that had been flown from city to city were neatly arrayed outside the clubhouse before the game.

Tigers 8, White Sox 2 -- Kenny Rogers pitched six shutout innings for his 16th win, Magglio Ordonez homered twice against his former team, and visiting Detroit increased its AL Central lead by beating Chicago.

The Tigers lead Minnesota, which was idle last night, by 1 1/2 games in the division and are six games ahead of the White Sox, who lost for the sixth time in eight games.

Indians 7, A's 2 -- Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer and Hector Luna added a solo shot as host Oakland, the AL West leader, saw its four-game winning streak end.

Yankees 7, Blue Jays 6 -- Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez hit two-run homers and New York held on in Toronto, reducing its magic number to clinching the AL East to three.

Cubs 11, Phillies 6 -- Aramis Ramirez homered twice and drove in a career-best seven runs as Chicago held off host Philadelphia, which trails San Diego by 1 1/2 games for wild card.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 3 -- Tony Graffanino singled in the winning run in the ninth inning to lift host Milwaukee; the Cardinals' magic number in the Central was lowered to 7 when Cincinnati lost to Houston.

Astros 5, Reds 3 -- In Houston, Roy Oswalt pitched 6 2/3 strong innings to improve his career record against Cincinnati to 17-1. He struck out eight (including the 1,000th of his career) and didn't walk a batter before leaving with muscle spasms in his neck.

Rockies 20, Giants 8 -- Jeff Baker hit two three-run homers, Garrett Atkins also drove in six runs, and Justin Hampson won in his first major league start as Colorado wrecked San Francisco at Coors Field.

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Corey Patterson hit a three-run homer and Erik Bedard won his third consecutive start, lifting the Orioles over the Devil Rays, 4-1 . . . At Washington, Andruw Jones hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning and Kyle Davies won for the first time since April 30 to lead the Braves over the Nationals, 6-1 . . . At Arlington, Texas, Kevin Millwood allowed one run over seven innings for his 16th victory as the Rangers smacked the Mariners, 8-1.

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