Cards beat D'Backs, Dodgers clinch NL West title

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks were eliminated from the NL West race with a 12-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, giving the division title to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The defeat left Arizona 4 1/2 games behind the Dodgers with three games to go. Los Angeles, winning its first division title since 2004, had four games left going into Thursday night's contest against San Diego.

Albert Pujols led the way for the Cardinals with a three-run homer and four RBIs. Joel Pineiro (7-7) worked seven sharp innings for St. Louis, which took the last three games of a four-game set with Arizona.

Arizona led the division by 4 1/2 games before a 2-9 skid began Aug. 30.

Dodgers clinch NL West title as Diamondbacks lose

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers clinched their first NL West championship in four years Thursday without lifting a bat.

Entering the day with a magic number of one, the Dodgers got what they needed when the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks lost 12-3 at St. Louis in the afternoon.

That was several hours before Brian Giles and Adrian Gonzalez homered and Luis Rodriguez had four hits to lead San Diego to a meaningless 7-5 victory over the Dodgers in their final home game of the regular season.

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