Reds, Giants first to clinch division titles

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Reds, Giants first to clinch division titles

The San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 Saturday to win their sixth straight, locking up the National League West Division title for the second time in three years.

Angel Pagan caught pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay’s line drive to the outfield for the final out of the contest and the players then rushed the pitcher’s mound for a celebratory jump.

The Giants took a lap around AT&T Park, shaking the hands of their fans. “It’s unbelievable,” Pagan said. “We’re going to go to war.”

The last time the Giants were division champions, they went on to capture the World Series title. Two years ago, San Francisco won the World Series over Texas.

The Cincinnati Reds also locked up their division title with a 6-0 rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.

Pitcher Mat Latos went eight solid innings, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips both homered as the Reds, 92-60, clinched their second National League Central division title in three years.

“It’s not a shock at all because we’ve been taking care of business here for a while,” Bruce said. “We kind of knew it was coming. We’ve worked really hard this year like we did then [2010]. We deserve this and we deserve a lot more. We’re going to go get it.”

AFP

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