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Dodgers get big lift from Green

Shawn Green can sit out today knowing he was a huge help to the Dodgers during their crucial series against San Francisco. Green hit a two-run homer in visiting Los Angeles's 3-2 victory over the Giants last night, a day before the first baseman will miss a game to observe the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur.

Barry Bonds hit his 702d home run, but San Francisco couldn't muster much else against Odalis Perez. Eric Gagne issued three straight two-out walks in the ninth before retiring Yorvit Torrealba on a bases-loaded fly out to preserve a tense victory.

In a risky move by Dodgers manager Jim Tracy, Gagne walked Bonds intentionally with two outs in the ninth, pushing the potential tying run to second base.

The Dodgers increased their lead in the West to 2 1/2 games with another narrow win over the Giants, who fell 1 1/2 games behind Chicago in the wild-card race.

Cubs 2, Mets 1 -- Derrek Lee's broken-bat single snapped a 10th-inning tie as Chicago won in New York. The Cubs won their fourth straight and 13th in 16 games to increased their lead in the wild-card race.

Mark Grudzielanek was walked by Braden Looper (2-4), pitching for the third straight night, to lead off the 10th. Grudzielanek advanced to second on Corey Patterson's tapper in front of the plate and scored on Lee's single to center with one out.

Astros 1, Brewers 0 -- Craig Biggio's sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th lifted Houston over Milwaukee and kept the Astros 2 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the wild-card race.

Roger Clemens was denied his 19th win and took a no-decision. He allowed five hits in 7 1/3 innings and lowered his ERA to 2.89.

Braves 8, Marlins 7 -- Host Atlanta clinched its 13th consecutive division title, winning the East with a victory over Florida.

Marcus Giles's go-ahead single capped Atlanta's three-run rally in the eighth inning. The Braves' record streak of division championships began with the 1991 West title and excludes the 1994 strike-shortened season.

Padres 6, Diamondbacks 5 -- Pinch runner Khalil Greene scored the winning run on third baseman Chad Tracy's fielding error with one out in the ninth inning, and host San Diego kept its slim playoff hopes alive by beating Arizona.

Expos 8, Phillies 1 -- Sun Woo Kim came within an out of his first career complete game and shutout and also hit a two-run double in host Montreal's victory over Philadelphia.

Elsewhere -- Albert Pujols homered, Jeff Suppan improved to 10-0 on the road, and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies, 5-4 . . . Austin Kearns had a career-high four hits, including a homer, and five RBIs in the Cincinnati Reds' 14-8 win in Pittsburgh.

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