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|Matt Kemp, LAD||25||COL||Top 3: 1-0, 2 Outs. Grand Slam.||Chacin|
|David Wright, NYM||28||MIL||Bot 4: 3-1, 1 Out. 1 on.||Gallardo|
|Travis Hafner, CLE||13||DET||Bot 3: 3-2, 1 Out. 1 on.||Scherzer|
|John Buck, TOR||20||NYY||Bot 2: 3-2, 2 Outs. None on.||Vazquez|
|Brooks Conrad, ATL||8||FLA||Bot 3: 0-1, 2 Outs. 2 on.||Miller|
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WEB GEMS LEADERBOARD
HUNT FOR OCTOBER
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
|San Francisco||90-68||--||89.4 pct.|
|San Diego||88-70||2.0||14.9 pct.|
WEDNESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTDerek Lowe, RHP, Braves
A day after Tim Hudson got the Braves a big win on short rest, Lowe did the same. Working on three days' rest, Lowe picked up his fifth win of the month, striking out nine and allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings. Lowe is the first Braves pitcher since Dave Jolly in 1954 to go 5-0 in September.
WORSTJhoulys Chacin, RHP, Rockies
The Rockies continue to stumble toward the finish line. They've lost four in a row and eight of nine. This time it was the work of Chacin -- and the poor Colorado defense, which committed two costly errors. Chacin gave up four hits, three walks and seven runs -- only two of which were earned -- in a 7-6 loss against the Dodgers.
THURSDAY'S BEST MATCHUPS
Diamondbacks at Giants, 3:45 p.m. ET
The Giants keep winning, and nobody can catch them. The task of getting that next win falls on 21-year-old Madison Bumgarner. One thing is for sure: Bumgarner would gladly accept the run support he got the last time he pitched. He tossed seven shutout innings, but pitching is a lot easier when your offense puts up 13 runs, which the Giants did in beating the Cubs.
Cubs at Padres, 6:35 p.m. ET
Jon Garland beat the Cubs a month ago, winning a 1-0 duel against Randy Wells. Garland went seven scoreless that day, before handing the ball to the Padres' bullpen. Garland, though, has lost four of his past five decisions. And he has been consistent with his walks. He has allowed exactly three walks in seven of his past eight starts.
Red Sox at White Sox, 8:05 p.m. ET
Jon Lester goes searching for win No. 20. His previous season-high total came in 2008, when he went 16-6. He's rattled off quite a string to put himself in position for No. 20, winning six consecutive starts.