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GAME OF THE DAY

Gwynn and Brewers hold off Padres in 11

September 30, 2007|From the Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- The San Diego Padres are still waiting to clinch a playoff spot -- and they can blame a familiar name.

Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a tying, two-out triple off Trevor Hoffman in the ninth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers went on to beat the Padres, 4-3, in the 11th on Saturday. The Padres are assured of at least a tie for the National League wild-card spot, and they can wrap it up with a win today.

San Diego would've been heading back to the postseason for the third straight year, except for the hit by Gwynn, son of the longtime Padres Hall of Famer. A day after being eliminated from the race, the Brewers handed Hoffman -- the career saves leader -- his sixth blown save in 48 chances.

Vinny Rottino's RBI single in the 11th did clear up one thing: The Padres' loss clinched the West Division for Arizona and gave the Diamondbacks home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

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