Dodgers clinch NL West with win over Diamondbacks

The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team to clinch a

postseason berth, wrapping up their first NL West title since 2009

when they rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Thursday

behind two homers from Hanley Ramirez.

Despite an NL-high payroll of $214 million-plus on opening day,

the Dodgers got off to an 30-42 start and were last in the

division, 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Diamondbacks, before

play on June 22. Los Angeles has gone 58-23 since.

The Dodgers trailed 6-3 in the sixth and A.J. Ellis hit a

tiebreaking homer off Josh Collmenter (4-4) leading off the

eighth.

J.P. Howell (2-1) got two outs for the victory.