PHOENIX — Clayton Kershaw pitched seven dominant innings and the la Dodgers gained the nationwide League West for the ninth time in 10 seasons, blanking the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-zero on Tuesday night.
Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy and Joey Gallo homered as a consequence of the Dodgers boosted the appropriate report inside the majors to ninety eight-forty three. They lead second-place San Diego by a whopping 20 half video games.
supervisor Dave Roberts’ group can have a very important deal of time to get set for its tenth straight yr inside the postseason. The Dodgers’ first playoff recreation is virtually a month away, on Oct. eleven.
the one season the Dodgers did not clinch the division of their latest run was final yr — they gained 106 occasions however nonetheless accomplished one recreation behind San Francisco. la then beat the Giants inside the NL Division sequence earlier than falling to eventual champion Atlanta inside the NLCS.
A crowd of 21,143, principally clad in Dodger blue, watched the clincher. it is the Dodgers’ twentieth NL West crown as a consequence of the majors break up into divisions in 1969.
Kershaw (eight-three) was sharp all by means of, permitting simply two singles and one stroll whereas hanging out 5. He threw simply eighty two pitches, fifty five for strikes. He lowered his season period to 2.forty 4.
Gallo’s residence run, his seventeenth, cleared the center-discipline wall and gave the Dodgers a 2-zero lead inside the second. The homer was measured at 438 ft. Muncy led off the inning with a single off Merrill Kelly — actually — as a consequence of it bounced off the pitcher to the vacated left facet of the infield.
Freeman led off the third inning collectively with his twentieth homer, a 442-foot drive to proper-center into the swimming pool space.
Muncy’s homer, additionally his twentieth, obtained here in the direction of Taylor Widener inside the seventh.
Kelly (12-6) lasted 5 innings, shedding for the important time in 14 begins. He gave up 5 hits, walked 5 and struck out eight. He threw ninety six pitches — 30 inside the prolonged second inning and 29 extra inside the third.
It was the second straight shutout by the Dodgers in Arizona. Tyler Anderson and two relievers dealt with the Diamondbacks 6-zero on Monday.