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Dodgers Stake Claim to Wild Card Lead and Hope to Extend It Tonight

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There are five more games left in the 2006 regular season. What will the fate of the Dodgers be? Will they be packing their bags ready to hit the greens or packing their bags ready for some October batting practice? Last night, the answer has become clearer.

The Dodgers captured sole possession of the National League Wild Card lead by defeating the Colorado Rockies, 11-4. The Philadelphia Phillies, led by homerun sensation Ryan Howard, lost to the Washington Nationals, 4-3. Ryan Howard had a chance to win the game for Philadelphia, but he flied out to deep centerfield with the tying run on base for the last out of the game. Currently, we are one game up on Philadelphia in the wild card race and just 2 games back of the Padres in the National League West Division.

These remaining few games are what keep us watching. With the season coming to an end the Dodgers exploded against the Jason Johnson and the Rockies by collecting 17 hits, including 2 homeruns, 2 triples and 2 stolen bases. Both Nomar Garciaparra and Marlon Anderson hit 2-run homeruns and Russell Martin hit a 3 run triple.