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Padres lead NL West by three despite three-game sweep

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- No matter what happens, the San Diego Padres
continue to hang onto the NL West lead.

The Padres lost shortstop Khalil Greene with a broken toe and
dropped below .500 Sunday, becoming the first team to lead a
division with a losing record this late in the season.

Rookie Robinson Tejeda pitched seven strong innings, Chase Utley
and Pat Burrell had two-run singles in a seven-run fifth inning,
and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Padres 8-3 to complete a
three-game sweep.

San Diego (58-59) remains three games ahead of the Arizona
Diamondbacks.

"It doesn't matter what your record is if you win the
division," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We're not trying to
win this thing playing sub-.500 ball. It's going to take over .500
ball to win this division, I firmly believe that.

"Unless we do that, we won't win."

The loss of Greene could have a major impact, especially since
he was one of the few Padres who have hit consistently lately.
Bochy said Greene is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

"That one hurts," right fielder Brian Giles said. "Guys are
going to have to step up with the way he's been playing defense for
us and getting big hits on offense."

San Diego has scored 11 runs while losing four of five.

The Phillies, 20-11 since July 9, moved within a half-game of
Houston in the NL wild-card race and finished their West Coast road
trip with a 5-1 record.

The first nine batters reached base on six singles, two errors,
and a walk in the fifth, the Phillies' biggest inning of the
season.

"Until that point, (Chan Ho) Park was throwing pretty well and
was in control," said David Bell, who started the inning with a
single. "But we got a couple of hits that really changed the
game."

Greene said he broke his left big toe when he jammed it into the
ground while he dove for Todd Pratt's single to left field in the
third inning.

"It's frustrating, but it's a part of the game," Greene said.
"It's disappointing, but there's not much you can do about it."

The last team to lead a division with a losing record in August
was the Texas Rangers, who topped the AL West at 52-62 on Aug. 11,
1994, the day before a labor strike ended the season.

"Maybe we caught them at the right time," Philadelphia manager
Charlie Manuel said. "They're going to be all right. It's just a
matter of time before they get hot."

Tejeda (3-2) pitched longer than six innings for the first time
in 11 starts. The right-hander allowed one run and three hits with
six strikeouts and three walks.

"I was still comfortable after seven," Tejeda said. "That was
great to be able to go seven. When I pitched before we weren't
scoring so many runs, but today we kept the ball in play."

Park (1-1) pitched four-plus innings, allowing six runs and five
hits.

Bell led off the fifth with a single and Pratt walked. Tejeda
laid down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by catcher Miguel
Olivo, whose throw to third sailed into left field for an error and
allowed Bell to score for a 2-1 lead.

Kenny Lofton followed with a bloop RBI single that knocked Park
from the game. Clay Hensley came in and gave up a two-run single to
Utley before a throwing error by Eric Young loaded the bases.
Burrell made it 7-1 with his single and Ryan Howard singled in the
seventh run of the inning.

The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Howard's RBI
single. Giles led off the bottom half with his 12th homer, which
barely made it out as it hit on top of the right-field scoreboard
and fell short of reaching the seats.

Tejeda allowed two hits in six shutout innings in his other
start against the Padres, a 2-0 win on July 23 at Philadelphia.

The Padres scored twice in the eighth on a bases-loaded
groundout by Ryan Klesko and a wild pitch by Rheal Cormier.

Game notes
Greene also suffered a broken right ring finger on April 17
and missed three weeks. ... Tejeda had gone six innings in four
other starts. ... The Phillies have beaten San Diego 10 straight
times, last losing on May 22, 2004, at Philadelphia.