MLB: Dodgers rally late, clinch NL West

Adrian Gonzalez (second from right) and his teammates celebrated Thursday after locking up the NL West crown.
Matt York/Associated Press
Adrian Gonzalez (second from right) and his teammates celebrated Thursday after locking up the NL West crown.

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, in Phoenix 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 a 30-42 start and were last in the division, 9½ 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, but A.J. Ellis hit a tiebreaking homer off Josh Collmenter leading off the eighth.


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

Get Breaking Sports Alerts in your inbox:
Be the first to know the latest sports news as it happens.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

Ramirez, who sat out five of the last six games with an irritated nerve in his lower back, hit a three-run homer in the third inning and a tying solo shot in the seventh. It was his 13th career multihomer game and first since Aug. 18 of last year.

‘‘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.’’

Tigers 5, Mariners 4 — Prince Fielder had three hits and scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning on a close play at the plate for Detroit.

The Tigers trailed, 4-3, after Seattle’s Dustin Ackley hit a three-run homer in the fifth, but Fielder’s RBI single in the seventh tied it. Then he scored from first when Victor Martinez doubled off Charlie Furbush (2-6).


Torii Hunter homered for the Tigers. Doug Fister (13-9) struck out 10 in 7 innings. Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect ninth for his 22d save in 22 chances.

Detroit pushed its AL Central lead to 6½ games.

Indians 2, Astros 1 — Matt Carson hit a winning single with two outs in the 11th inning, and host Cleveland held off Houston.

Blue Jays 6, Yankees 2 — Hiroki Kuroda lost his fifth straight decision, allowing two runs in the third inning and a solo home run to Anthony Gose in the sixth as New York lost in Toronto.

Nationals 3, Marlins 2 — Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer to back an effective pitching performance by Gio Gonzalez, and host Washington kept alive its slim hope of reaching the playoffs.


Rockies 7, Cardinals 6 — Corey Dickerson’s RBI triple with one out in the bottom of the 15th inning lifted Colorado over St. Louis in Denver. Matt Holliday had three hits for the Cardinals, who had their NL Central Division lead over Pittsburgh trimmed to one game.

Pirates 10, Padres 1 — Neil Walker had four hits, including his 11th homer of the season, and drove in three runs to lead host Pittsburgh over San Diego and stop a three-game losing streak.

Cubs 5, Brewers 1 — Luis Valbuena, Nate Schierholtz, and Brian Bogusevic homered, and visiting Chicago overpowered Milwaukee to stop a five-game losing streak.

Giants 2, Mets 1 — Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 in seven innings of four-hit ball, outpitching Jonathon Niese to lead visiting San Francisco over New York.