San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan celebrates after making the catch to end the game against the San Diego Padres to win the National League west division title at AT&T Park. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The last time the San Francisco Giants were division champions, they won the World Series.
The Giants locked up the NL West title for the second time in three years by beating the San Diego Padres, 8-4, Saturday night.
In 2010, the Giants won the Fall Classic over Texas. This team will head into the postseason with new faces.
Marco Scutaro, who was acquired in a late July trade from Colorado, knocked in three runs. Brandon Belt, who didn't break into the majors until 2011, homered in support of Madison Bumgarner's 5 2/3 innings.
Angel Pagan caught pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay's line drive to center field for the final out and a celebratory jump near the mound was on. The Giants then took a lap around AT&T Park, slapping the hands of fans.
The Giants won their sixth straight game, a season-best.
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