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Dodgers clinch N.L. West

PHOENIX – The Los Angeles Dodgers soaked everyone in sight with champagne in the clubhouse. Many players raced back out for a celebratory dip in Arizona’s Chase Field swimming pool.

From last place to an N.L. West title in less than three months, they sure let loose.

Burdened by high expectations and a horrible start, the Dodgers relieved their pent-up pressure with a joyful celebration after becoming the first team this year to clinch a playoff spot. Hanley Ramirez homered twice as they rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Thursday.

“I want to keep going,” Ramirez said. “I think that we’ve got a couple of more steps to do. We’ve got to keep working and stay together all the way through to the end.”

Ramirez was back in the lineup after being sidelined five of six games with an irritated nerve in his lower back. He’s played 1,090 regular-season games but will be making his first trip to the postseason. Only three active players have played more games without making the playoffs.

Despite an N.L.-high payroll of $214 million-plus on opening day, the Dodgers got off to an 30-42 start and were last in the division, 91/2 games behind the first-place Diamondbacks, before play on June 22. Los Angeles has gone 58-23 since, including an unreal 42-8 run.

Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 6

Los Angeles AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Puig rf 4 0 0 0 1 0 .332
Hairston Jr. 1b 4 1 0 0 0 0 .221
League p 0 0 0 0 0 0 – -
Schumaker lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .268
H.Ramirez ss 5 2 4 4 0 0 .351
Jansen p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Kemp cf 4 0 1 0 1 2 .274
M.Ellis 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .269
Uribe 3b 4 1 1 0 0 1 .273
Van Slyke lf 3 1 1 1 1 0 .250
Howell p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
B.Wilson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 – -
Ad.Gonzalez 1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .294
A.Ellis c 4 1 3 1 0 0 .240
Nolasco p 0 1 0 0 2 0 .122
M.Young ph-1b 1 0 1 1 0 0 .282
Punto ss 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258
Totals 34 7 11 7 5 4
Arizona AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Eaton lf 5 1 1 0 0 2 .261
Pollock cf 5 1 2 0 0 1 .261
Goldschmidt 1b 4 1 1 1 0 1 .304
Prado 3b 4 1 2 2 0 1 .280
A.Hill 2b 5 0 0 0 0 1 .298
M.Montero c 4 0 1 1 0 1 .239
Gregorius ss 3 1 0 0 1 0 .256
G.Parra rf 4 1 2 0 0 0 .265
Miley p 2 0 1 2 0 1 .143
Davidson ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .231
W.Harris p 0 0 0 0 0 0 – -
Roe p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Collmenter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .091
D.Hernandez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 – -
Bloomquist ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .336
Ziegler p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 38 6 10 6 1 9
Los Angeles 003 002 110 – 7 11 1
Arizona 006 000 000 – 6 10 1

E – H.Ramirez (13), G.Parra (5). LOB – L.A. 7, Arizona 8. 2B – Uribe (19), Van Slyke (8), A.Ellis (16), Goldschmidt (33), G.Parra (38), Miley (3). 3B – Prado (2). HR – H.Ramirez 2 (20), A.Ellis (8). RBIs – H.Ramirez 4 (57), Van Slyke (19), A.Ellis (46), M.Young (46), Goldschmidt (119), Prado 2 (78), M.Montero (42), Miley 2 (8). S – M.Ellis. SF – M.Young. RLISP – L.A. 3, Arizona 4. RMU – Puig, Goldschmidt. GIDP – Puig, Kemp. DP – Arizona 2.

Los Angeles IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Nolasco 5 9 6 6 0 5 3.55
League 11/3 1 0 0 0 1 5.43
Howell W,3-1 2/3 0 0 0 1 0 2.12
B.Wilson H,2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.87
Jansen S,26-30 1 0 0 0 0 2 1.95
Arizona IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Miley 5 5 3 3 4 3 3.75
W.Harris 0 3 2 2 0 0 3.17
Roe BS,2-2 1 1 1 1 1 0 3.44
Collmenter L,4-4 1 2 1 1 0 0 2.76
D.Hernandez 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.71
Ziegler 1 0 0 0 0 1 2.33

IR-S – Roe 2-1, Collmenter 1-0, D.Hernandez 1-0. HBP–Goldschmidt, Prado. WP – League, Howell. T – 3:10. A – 22,763 (48,633).



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