Giants beat D-backs to increase NL West lead

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Arizona Diamondbacks' Adam LaRoche, right, is greeted by Stephen Drew, left, after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) By Eric Risberg Arizona Diamondbacks' Adam LaRoche, right, is greeted by Stephen Drew, left, after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) By Eric Risberg

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Juan Uribe matched a career best with his 23rd home run and the first-place San Francisco Giants increased their NL West lead over San Diego to two games with a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

The Padres lost 5-2 at home to the Chicago Cubs, leaving San Diego 1 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the wild card. San Francisco's win
eliminated the Colorado Rockies from playoff contention and gave the Giants a magic number of four to clinch their first playoff berth since 2003.

Uribe hit a tying solo drive leading off the fourth. He also had 23 homers in 2004 with the White Sox.

Jonathan Sanchez (12-9) struck out six in six innings to reach 200 Ks in a season for the first time in his career. Sanchez retired Chris Young on a called third strike to start the sixth.

Sanchez joined Tim Lincecum as the first Giants righty-lefty combo to have 200 or more strikeouts since Juan Marichal and Ray  Sadecki in 1968.