September 20, 2013 in Sports

Dodgers clinch N.L. West

Bob Baum Associated Press
 
Red Sox in, too

Boston beat Baltimore 3-1 to clinch a playoff berth in the A.L. Its magic number to clinch the East is one.

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 ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
Puig rf 400010.332
Hairston Jr. 1b 410000.221
League p 000000 – -
Schumaker lf 100000.268
H.Ramirez ss 524400.351
Jansen p 000000.000
Kemp cf 401012.274
M.Ellis 2b 400001.269
Uribe 3b 411001.273
Van Slyke lf 311110.250
Howell p 000000.000
B.Wilson p 000000 – -
Ad.Gonzalez 1b 000000.294
A.Ellis c 413100.240
Nolasco p 010020.122
M.Young ph-1b 101100.282
Punto ss 000000.258
Totals 34711754
Arizona ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
Eaton lf 511002.261
Pollock cf 512001.261
Goldschmidt 1b 411101.304
Prado 3b 412201.280
A.Hill 2b 500001.298
M.Montero c 401101.239
Gregorius ss 310010.256
G.Parra rf 412000.265
Miley p 201201.143
Davidson ph 100001.231
W.Harris p 000000 – -
Roe p 000000.000
Collmenter p 000000.091
D.Hernandez p 000000 – -
Bloomquist ph 100000.336
Ziegler p 000000.000
Totals 38610619
Los Angeles 003002110 – 7111
Arizona 006000000 – 6101

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 IPHRERBBSOERA
Nolasco 5966053.55
League 11/3100015.43
Howell W,3-1 2/3000102.12
B.Wilson H,2 1000010.87
Jansen S,26-30 1000021.95
Arizona IPHRERBBSOERA
Miley 5533433.75
W.Harris 0322003.17
Roe BS,2-2 1111103.44
Collmenter L,4-4 1211002.76
D.Hernandez 1000004.71
Ziegler 1000012.33

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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