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