San Francisco Giants' Jonathan Sanchez (57) is greeted by in the dugout by Andres Torres and his teammates after scoring the Giants' first run in the third inning. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jonathan Sanchez pitched the San Francisco Giants back into the playoffs after a six-year absence, beating the San Diego Padres 3-0 Sunday to wrap up the NL West title.
The Giants finally got it done — on their third try against the Padres this weekend — and captured their first division crown and playoff berth since 2003.
San Francisco will host the wild-card Atlanta Braves starting Thursday at AT&T Park, with ace Tim Lincecum well rested to go Game 1. The Braves beat the Phillies 8-7 earlier in the day, extending manager Bobby Cox's farewell season.