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Angels, Dodgers wrap up divisions

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It was a banner day for the two Los Angeles-area baseball teams.

Saturday wasn't so great, however, for their Bay Area counterparts.

The Los Angeles Dodgers downed the San Francisco Giants, 7-3, to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 1996. And the Anaheim Angels capped a stirring comeback with one final rally, and now they're champions of the AL West for the first time in 18 years. Chasing Oakland and Texas for most of the season, the Angels scored three times in the eighth inning to beat the Athletics 5-4 Saturday and clinch the division title.

For the Dodgers, Steve Finley's grand slam capped a seven-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning and Los Angeles won the NL West, beating the San Francisco Giants 7-3 on Saturday.

Los Angeles will now look to win their first postseason game since upsetting Oakland in the 1988 World Series. It's still not certain who the Dodgers will play in the first round, though they'll open on the road.

Barry Bonds and the Giants can still make it back to the postseason. If they beat the Dodgers today and Houston loses to Colorado, San Francisco would host the Astros Monday afternoon. The winner would get the wild card.

Trailing 3-0, the Dodgers loaded the bases with one out on a single by Shawn Green and two walks by Dustin Hermanson (6-9), who was pulled after walking Hee-Seop Choi with the bases loaded to force in a run.

Jason Christiansen got Cesar Izturis to hit a grounder, but shortstop Cody Ransom misplayed it for an error, allowing Robin Ventura to score. Jayson Werth singled off Matt Herges to tie it.

Finley, acquired from Arizona at the trade deadline, connected off Wayne Franklin and the celebration began immediately.

Yhency Brazoban (6-2) pitched one inning for the win.

It's still not sure who the Angels will face in the first round of the playoffs — it will either be the New York Yankees or Boston.

The Athletics dropped to 12-18 in September — a shocking development for a team that's been the best in baseball in the final month the past four years.

After seven strong innings by Barry Zito, A's relievers Jim Mecir, Ricardo Rincon (1-1) and Octavio Dotel couldn't hold a 4-2 lead.

Darin Erstad hit a tying, two-run double, then scored on Garret Anderson's single as the Angels earned their first playoff berth since 2002, when they won the World Series as the wild card.

Brendan Donnelly (5-2) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win and Troy Percival finished for his 33rd save in 38 chances.