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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Carlos Ruiz scored three goals and Kevin Hartman made five saves as the Los Angeles Galaxy beat New York-New Jersey 3-0 on Saturday night to tie San Jose for first place in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles, which clinched a playoff spot earlier Saturday when New England tied Columbus 0-0, improved to 13-9-3 to tie San Jose with 42 points.

Ruiz, the MLS leader with 20 goals, opened the scoring in the fourth minute, scored on a header in the 23rd and completed the hat trick on another header in the 83rd. It was his first three-goal game of the season after five two-goal games.

The MetroStars dropped to 10-12-2.

Mamadou Diallo, New York-New Jersey's leading scorer, left the game in the 33rd minute following a collision with Los Angeles defender Danny Califf. Diallo had to be taken from the field on a stretcher and was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital.

X-rays and an examination revealed Diallo bruised his left ankle. He is questionable for the team's next game, Thursday night at Dallas, a MetroStars spokesman said.

New York-New Jersey played the final 38 minutes with 10 players after referee Michael Kennedy issued a red card to defender Craig Ziadie following a rough sliding tackle on Jones. Kennedy initially issued a yellow card to Ziadie, but changed it to a red card after discussions with the referee's assistants. Under MLS rules, Ziadie also will also be suspended for the MetroStars next game.

New York-New Jersey lost for the fourth time in its last five games, falling into eighth place in the overall standings.