The Dodgers pursue the San Francisco Giants in theNL West. They caught up with their rival in a big way by becoming the second majors team to clinch a playoff spot.
Max Muncy, Trea Turner and Will Smith scored in an 8-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night, their fifth in a row.
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The Giants had secured a playoff spot one night earlier. The Dodgers secured their ninth straight playoff appearance with their eighth straight win at home and assist from Cincinnati and San Diego, both of whom lost. The defending World Series champions made it home, where their 51-23 record leads the majors.
"This is definitely something that shouldn't be taken for granted , "third baseman Justin told Turner. "At the same time, we focus on ourselves and take care of what's in front of us. That's probably why I didn't even realize we had a chance to drop out tonight.
The Giants celebrated after making the playoffs for the first time in five years. The Dodgershave kept things low-key.
"We toasted the champagne, said a few words and acknowledged that this 'sa great accomplishment " said manager Dave Roberts, dressed blue "Built for the October T-shirt. " We have a lot of work to do and this is just the beginning. "
The Dodgers finally have it their full rotation - led by Cy Young Award contenders Walker Buehler, Max Scherzer and Julio Urias - in place after numerous injuries.
"You win with the starting pitcher and I think we've got the best starting pitcher in baseball "said Roberts. " Love where we are. "
Tony Gonsolin (3-1) dispersed two hits in five scoreless innings, struck out six strikes on strikes and two on balls.
"I've kind of worked with the team all year," said Gonsolin, "but can contributing makes me feel a lot better. "
Using teammate Albert PujOls 'bat, Muncy unleashed his 33rd homerun, a two-runner, against Luke Weaver (3-5) in the third, when the D-backs made two mistakes. Mookie Betts scored the first goal and scored, making it 3-0. Will Smith relied on the choice of a defensive player in Weaver, who botched the pitch, allowing Corey Seager to score after hitting a Ketel Marte field error. We bent down and stomped in frustration as the Dodgers led 4-0.
The Dodgers got Weaver to work. He needed 72 shots to complete three innings. The right-hander allowed four runs and five hits in four innings, struck out four and walked one.
"We didn't help him in defense, he didn't help him. It's not helping himself, ”D-backs manager Torey Lovullo. "The long innings added to the equation of what I see are unacceptable defensive play.
The 24th Homer of Smith in the sixth took the lead to 6-1. Trea Turner's RBI brace in the opening goal scored Muncy, who doubled. Turner hit his 22nd homer in the fifth.
After Arizona closed at 6-4 in the seventh, the Dodgers responded with two runs late in the inning. Muncy and Trea Turner drew consecutive walks by Brett de Geus. Seager was single and Justin Turner and Smith had sacrificial flies.
The D-backs closed at 6-4 in the seventh on a three-point shot from Marte, which went 3 for 4 with one strikeout.
Arizona trailed 5-1 in the sixth thanks to David Peralta 's double RBI over David Price. Showing for the first time since September 5, the former AL award winner Cy Young gave up back-to-back singles to Josh Rojas and Marte who set up Peralta.
The Dodgers improved at 13-2 against Arizona this season, including 8-1 at home.
D-backs: 1B Seth Beer left the match first with a dislocated left shoulder. He dived for the Trea Turner kicked the line and landed on his stomach. Beer was making his first start as a positional player in just his fifth Major League game.
Dodgers: Closer Kenley Jansen came out of the paternity list after missing two games for the birth of a daughter. non-save situation. ... RHP Mitch White has been put on option.
D-backs: LHP Madison Bumgarner (7-10, 4.66 ERA) starts the series final.
Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (17-3, 2.98 ) is going for his 18th MLB lead win. He is 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA against Arizona this season.