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PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Roy Oswalt and two relievers combined on a one-hitter Wednesday and the Philadelphia Phillies moved closer to a division title by downing Atlanta 1-0.

The Phillies won their 10th in a row, sweeping Atlanta in a three-game series that featured outstanding pitching. Philadelphia moved six games in front of the second-place Braves in the National League East and reduced their magic number for clinching the division title to four.

Atlanta began the night with a one-game lead over San Diego in the wild-card race.

Oswalt, obtained from Houston in a trade-deadline deal, was looking for his sixth straight win but he left a scoreless game after seven innings having allowed one hit and struck out eight.

Ryan Madson (6-2) worked the eighth and was credited with the win when the Phillies pushed across the only run of the game in that inning. Brad Lidge issued a two-out walk to Jason Heyward in the ninth and Martin Prado worked a 3-2 count on Lidge before flying out to right to end the game.

Lidge recorded his 26th save.

The only Atlanta hit was a two-out double by Prado in the fourth. Cole Hamels gave up a run over eight innings in the series opener Monday and Roy Halladay became the first 20-game winner in the National League with a seven-inning effort Tuesday.

Jonny Venters (4-3) came on to work the eighth for Atlanta and hit Chase Utley with the first pitch of the inning He then appeared to have escaped any trouble by getting Ryan Howard to ground into a double play.

Jayson Werth, however, drew a walk and scored from first when Raul Ibanez doubled to deep left.

Tour Championship opens Thursday

ATLANTA, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Golf's two biggest weeks of the year outside the major championships begin Thursday with the opening round of the Tour Championship.

Five players are in position to win the FedEx Cup and its $10 million first prize with a victory this week at the East Lake Country Club near downtown Atlanta.

Thirty players are left to battle for the FedEx Cup and, at least mathematically, all of them still have a chance to win it.

Those with the best opportunity to collect the $10 million, however, are Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Charley Hoffman, Steve Stricker and Paul Casey. Under the points system if any of them wins the Tour Championship this weekend he will capture the FedEx Cup no matter what anybody else does.

Every other player competing this week has to have help to win the cup. Phil Mickelson, for instance, will start in 10th place and for him to get to the top he would have to win the Tour Championship while Kuchar was finishing no better than fifth, Johnson no better than fourth and Hoffman and Stricker no better than third.

Bo Van Pelt and Kevin Streelman will be the first twosome off the first tee at 11:55 a.m. EDT. Kuchar and Johnson will tee off last at 12:55 p.m.

After the Tour Championship, nine of the Americans playing this week and one European (Luke Donald) will head to Wales for the Ryder Cup, which will begin at the Celtic Manor course Oct. 1.

The three U.S. Ryder Cup team members who missed the Tour Championship are Stewart Cink, Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods, the defending FedEx Cup champion who wound up 51st on the points list this year. All three were made Ryder Cup wild-card selections by captain Corey Pavin, as was Zach Johnson.

Bowyer slapped with 150-point penalty

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer was slapped with a 150-point penalty Wednesday for infractions during his Sunday win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

NASCAR said a post-race inspection found Bowyer's car was in violation of three rules. They included actions detrimental to stock car racing, non-conforming race equipment and a chassis failing to meet approved specifications.

NASCAR added that Bowyer crew chief Shane Wilson was fined $150,000 and suspended from the next six Sprint Cup events. Wilson was suspended until Nov. 3 and placed on probation until Dec. 31.

Owner Richard Childress also received a 150-point owner penalty.

The penalty sent Bowyer plunging from second place in the standings only 35 behind leader Denny Hamlin to 12th, 49 points behind 11th-place driver Matt Kenseth. Bowyer had climbed from 12th to second in the standings by finishing first in New Hampshire. That was the first of the 10 Sprint Cup playoff races.

Buccaneers' Jackson suspended indefinitely

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson Wednesday was suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substances abuse policy, the league announced.

The 6-foot, 200-pounder will begin serving his suspension immediately and will not be eligible for reinstatement until Sept. 22, 2011, the announcement said.

Jackson, 25, served a four-game suspension at the start of the 2009 regular season for violating the NFL's policy.

"Tanard is a talented young man whom we hope is able to use this year to put his troubles behind him and ultimately return a stronger man and player," Tampa Bay General Manager Mark Dominik said. "It's up to Tanard whether the team and our fans eventually realize his considerable promise."

Jackson has started all 46 games he has played in since Tampa Bay took him in the fourth round of the 2007 draft out of Syracuse.

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