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MADRID, Spain -- Athletic Bilbao secured its return to the Champions League next season by winning 3-0 at Rayo Vallecano on Friday to lock up a fourth-place finish in the Spanish league. With Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona destined to take the top three spots, Bilbao fended off Sevillas late surge to seal its return to Europes top-tier competition for the first time since the 1998-99 season. The Basque side qualified for the playoff round to reach the group phase. "When I think back on how difficult this year has been, on how much we have won and lost, and to see this now, we have to enjoy it," Bilbao defender Mikel San Jose said while his teammates celebrated with a large group of their travelling fans. Bilbaos quest of reaching the Champions League was led by coach Ernesto Valverde, a former player who returned to coach the club a second time this summer after the exit of Marcelo Bielsa. Bilbao kept Rayos attack in check while taking advantage of a number of well-executed set pieces. After Mikel Rico and Aritz Aduriz both went close with shots resulting from corner kicks, San Jose acrobatically tapped in a ball from Markel Susaeta in the 20th minute to open the scoring. Forward Oscar de Marcos added a second goal 10 minutes later when he fired in a loose ball from a fourth corner kick, and Ander Herrera curled his free kick around the defensive wall and in off the post in the 74th to cap the win. The match in Madrid was twice delayed due to incidents involving both groups of supporters. The kickoff was 15 minutes late to let the Vallecas Stadium grounds crew clean up a large amount of paper bits Rayos home fans threw onto the pitch while festively celebrating before the game. The game was briefly stopped a second time after a barrier collapse in front of a section of Bilbao supporters following their teams second goal. 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Sociedad remained in sixth place with Villarreal a point behind in seventh, both in Europa League spots and in striking distance of fourth place and the final Champions League berth. Sociedad forward Carlos Vela chipped goalkeeper Jaime Jimenez after receiving an equally exquisite lobbed pass from Ruben Pardo to set him up in the 23rd minute at Anoeta Stadium.PHOENIX -- A three-game winning streak isnt much, but it sure feels good to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Josh Collmenter threw six scoreless innings, Aaron Hill drove in three runs with a homer and double and the Diamondbacks held on to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Friday night. Collmenter (1-2), in his third start since replacing Randall Delgado in the rotation, allowed four hits and struck out five. Its the first time a Diamondbacks pitcher has gone six scoreless innings this season. "Just to get a few wins in a row, just to kind of get our feet back under us and have something to build off us is big as well," Collmenter said. A.J. Pollocks solo homer in the eighth provided what proved to be the deciding run for the Diamondbacks, who won at Chase Field for only the second time in 11 games this season. After what Hill called a "brutal" month, the Diamondbacks are showing some signs of life. Hill in particular, his bat coming alive in Chicago where he was 4-for-5 with the game-winning triple in the ninth in a 7-5 win over the Cubs on Wednesday. "Now I think a little bit of the pressures off," Hill said. "We know that were a good team and we can play well and win games like this." The Phillies scored a run on two-out singles by Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins off Addison Reed in the ninth. Reed intentionally walked Chase Utley, then struck out John Mayberry Jr. for his sixth save -- three in the last three days. Collmenter has an unorthodox overhand delivery with a fastball that topped out at a mere 88 mph. But his location was superb, and he mixed in several curve balls, something hes added to his repertoire. "He was hitting both sides of the plate and stuck to his game plan," the Phillies Ryan Howard said. "He hit spots. That was key. We had a couple of good swings on him but just couldnt find any real estate." Roberto Hernandez (1-1) gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings, walking three and fanning five to take the loss. Trailing 4-0, Philadelphia made it a one-run game in the seventh. CCarlos Ruizs single off Delgado loaded the bases, then Cody Asche walked to bring in a run.dddddddddddd. Pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a sharp grounder that looked to be an inning-ending double play. But the usually sure-handed Pennington muffed it and two runs scored to cut the lead to 4-3. Asche was called out trying to get back to second after Penningtons error, but the Phillies challenged and the call was overturned. Revere hit into a fielders choice and, with runners at first and third, Rollins flew out to left to end the inning. Arizona broke a scoreless tie in the fourth when Hill slammed a 1-0 pitch into the seats in left-centre. The Diamondbacks added two in the fifth. Paul Goldschmidts opposite-field single to right brought Gerardo Parra home. Hernandez walked Montero, then Hill hit an RBI ground-rule double to almost the same spot as his homer in left-centre and the Diamondbacks led 4-0. With Arizonas defence in a shift to the right, Howard singled to left off left-hander Oliver Perez with one out in the eighth. With Mayberry pinch running, Brad Ziegler came on and Byrd hit one sharply to left field, where Tony Campana was able to keep the ball from getting past him, saving a run in what Arizona manager Kirk Gibson called "the play of the game." Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said Mayberry should have taken third on the play. "To me that is a first and third play," Sandberg said. "It might have been a double by Byrd." The Phillies, who just won three of four against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, are 4-4 on their western trip. Notes: Arizona LF Mark Trumbo said before the game that he was told his left foot stress fracture will sideline him for six weeks. ... The Phillies send Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.09 ERA) to the mound Saturday night, while Arizona goes with struggling Bronson Arroyo (1-2, 9.50). ... Byrd made a diving catch of Monteros line drive in RF in the second. ... In the eighth, Perez was told by the umpires to remove his undershirt because of a rip in the sleeve and one sleeve was longer than the other. ' ' '