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Padres beat Giants again to set final day drama

The National League West champion and NL wild-card team will be determined Sunday during the final day of the regular season - maybe.

The visiting Padres beat the Giants, 4-2, Saturday to move within one game of NL West-leading San Francisco (91-70). And the visiting Phillies beat the Braves, 7-0, to drop Atlanta into a tie for the wild-card lead with San Diego at 90-71.

If the Padres and Braves win Sunday, San Diego, San Francisco and Atlanta would all finish 91-71. The Giants and Padres would play a one-game tiebreaker for the NL West title Monday night in San Diego. The loser would go to Atlanta - which won the season series against both teams - for a one-game playoff for the wild card on Tuesday night.

Tim Stauffer allowed three hits in 61/3 innings for the Padres, who have won the first two games of the weekend series and are 7-1 in San Francisco this season.

In the ninth, Heath Bell allowed doubles by Pat Burrell and Juan Uribe and an RBI single by Pablo Sandoval to bring the Giants within 4-2 and put runners on first and third with one out. But Jose Guillen grounded into a double play as Bell held on for his 47th save in 50 chances.

Giants starter Barry Zito (9-14) gave up consecutive bases-loaded walks in the first and was booed off the field after a season-low three innings. Uribe hit his career-high 24th homer in the seventh.

The Padres' Mat Latos (14-9) will face the Giants' Jonathan Sanchez (12-9) Sunday.

Vance Worley combined with four relievers on a three-hitter for the Phillies. The Braves' hopes of advancing to the postseason in Bobby Cox's final season as manager will be on the line Sunday, with Atlanta's Tim Hudson facing the Phillies' Cole Hamels, who will pitch only two innings.

Twins 5, Blue Jays 4

Alexi Casilla's two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning on a 3-and-2 pitch from Kevin Gregg lifted host Minnesota (94-67), battling the Yankees and Rays for home-field advantage in the postseason. Casilla had a two-run single in the fifth.

Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion homered for the third straight game as the Blue Jays - who have hit 255 home runs, the fourth-highest total in major-league history - built a 4-1 advantage they could not hold. Encarnacion became the seventh Toronto player to reach 20 home runs this season. - AP

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