Reds first to clinch division title

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 23 2012 08:09 PM | Updated as of Sep 24 2012 04:09 AM

CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Cincinnati Reds became the first team in Major League Baseball to lock up their division title with a 6-0 rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.

Pitcher Mat Latos went eight solid innings, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips both homered as the Reds, 92-60, clinched their second National League Central division title in three years.

Latos, 8-2 in his past 17 starts, surrendered six hits and struck out seven without giving up a walk. He also didn't allow a runner to reach scoring position.

Todd Frazier drove in a run in the fifth inning and Zack Cozart hammered a two-run, bases-loaded single in the eighth.

Reds manager Dusty Baker missed his fourth consecutive game with a heart problem and was unable to join his players in the clubhouse to celebrate the clinching victory.

Dodgers pitcher Stephen Fife took the loss, surrendering two runs on five hits over five innings. Fife, 25, is still seeking his first major league victory.

The Dodgers remain in the hunt for the National League's final wild card spot but with the loss they fell three games back of the St. Louis Cardinals, who defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-4 earlier on Saturday.


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