Printed on: September 23, 2012

Giants wrap up division


ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner pitched San Francisco to its second NL West title in three years and newcomer Marco Scutaro had three hits and three RBIs in the Giants' 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

The Giants captured their eighth divisional crown -- wrapping it up once again with a victory over the Padres in front of their home fans, just as they did on the season's final day in 2010 on the way to an improbable World Series championship.

The Giants won their season-high sixth straight game and moved 26 games above .500 (89-63).

Around the NL

REDS 6, DODGERS 0: At Cincinnati, Jay Bruce's 34th homer put the Reds ahead to stay, and they made good on their second chance to win the NL Central title without Dusty Baker.

BRAVES 8, PHILLIES 2: At Philadelphia, Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer to back Mike Minor and the Braves roughed up Roy Halladay to move closer to clinching a postseason berth.

CARDINALS 5, CUBS 4, 10 innings: At Chicago, Jon Jay's RBI double in the 10th inning lifted St. Louis to the victory, bolstering the Cardinals' bid for another playoff appearance.

NATIONALS 10, BREWERS 4: At Washington, Gio Gonzalez became the majors' first 20-game winner in 2012, and the first pitcher for a Washington baseball team with 200 strikeouts since Walter Johnson in 1916, taking a shutout into the sixth inning to help the Nationals close in on their first NL East title.

DIAMONDBACKS 8, ROCKIES 7: At Denver, Aaron Hill tripled and drove in four runs for Arizona, and Jason Kubel had two hits and two RBIs.

ASTROS 4, PIRATES 1: At Houston, Jason Castro hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Astros handed the fading Pirates their fifth straight loss.

METS 4, MARLINS 3: At New York, R.A. Dickey earned his 19th victory with a strong performance, Jason Bay and Scott Hairston homered and the Mets barely held on in the ninth inning for their second straight home win.

Around the AL

Yankees 10, Athletics 9, 14 innings: At New York, Raul Ibanez hit his second home run of the game during a startling rally in the 13th inning, then the Yankees won a thriller when first baseman Brandon Moss' two-out error in the 14th lifted them over the Athletics.

Angels 4, White Sox 2: At Anaheim, Calif., Dan Haren earned his first win at home in more than a month, Mark Trumbo capped a four-run first inning with a two-run single and the Angels beat the White Sox, trimming Chicago\\\'s AL Central lead to a half-game over Detroit.

ORIOLES 9, RED SOX 6, 12 innings: At Boston, Jim Thome hit a go-ahead double in the 12th in his first game in nearly two months and Baltimore stretched its extra-inning win streak to 16 games.

RAYS 11, BLUE JAYS 5: At St. Petersburg, Fla., B.J. Upton and Jose Molina homered during a six-run fifth inning and the surging Rays earned their fourth consecutive victory.

Mariners 1, Rangers 0: At Seattle, Michael Saunders hit a solo home run in the second inning, former Texas prospect Blake Beavan threw seven shutout innings against his former club, and the Mariners kept the Rangers from extending their lead in the AL West.

TIGERS 8, TWINS 0: At Detroit, Miguel Cabrera hit his 42nd homer, putting him in Triple Crown position, and Doug Fister pitched his first career shutout to help the Tigers get the win.

ROYALS 5, INDIANS 3: At Kansas City, Mo., Billy Butler hit a run-scoring single in the first inning to reach 100 RBIs for the first time, helping Kansas City to the victory.