MLB: LA Dodgers Clinch 2013 NL West Title

With their 7-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the National League West title, their first in four years.

Sep 19 2013, 8:06pm CDT | by

MLB: LA Dodgers Clinch 2013 NL West Title
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are National League West champions, the first team to win a division title in the 2013 MLB season. 

The Dodgers clinched their division after their 7-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, thanks to an A.J. Ellis solo home run in the top of the eighth inning. Hanley Ramirez added two home runs of his own and four RBIs for Los Angeles. 

They were actually ahead 3-0 on a three-run blast by Ramirez in the third but Ricky Nolasco allowed seven hits in the bottom of the inning, scoring six Diamondback runs in the process.

Two doubles by Juan Uribe and Scott Van Slyke scored a run in the sixth. A sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Michael Young drove in a run by Van Slyke before Ramirez's second homer tied the score at six apiece.

This set the stage for Ellis' blast in the eighth.   

The Dodgers charged the mound and mobbed closer Kenley Jansen after the final out to celebrate before a sizeable Dodgers fan base at Chase Field. 

Los Angeles has now won a total of 12 National League West titles since divisional play was first implemented in 1969, per the team's official website. The latest one marks their first since winning back-to-back division titles in 2008 and 2009. 

What makes their feat more remarkable is that the Dodgers are only the fourth team in Major League Baseball history to finish in first place after placing last in the division on July 1 or later. After trailing the Diamondbacks by 9.5 games with a record of 30-42 on June 22, they have gone 58-23 since.

They officially join the ranks of the 1914 Boston Braves, 1973 New York Mets and 1995 Seattle Mariners

 

 

 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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