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Ex-Padres France, Torrens keep San Diego from clinching

The San Diego Padres will have to wait at least one more day to clinch their first playoff berth in 14 seasons after a 4-1 loss to the Mariners.
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Seattle Mariners' Luis Torrens hits an RBI double during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres will have to wait at least one more day to clinch their first playoff berth in 14 seasons after former teammates Ty France and Luis Torrens led the Seattle Mariners to a 4-1 victory. 

The Padres were in position to clinch a spot in the expanded playoffs after the Cincinnati Reds lost 5-0 to the Chicago White Sox. 

But France hit an RBI single in the first inning off rookie Luis Patiño, who started after Mike Clevinger was scratched with biceps tightness, and Torrens had a two-run double in the third off former Mariners reliever Dan Altavilla.

The win also snaps a 4-game losing streak by the M's.  Seattle is 3 games back of the Astros with 8 games to go, including 3 with Houston.