Dodgers clinch National League West, beating Arizona 7-6 and heading to the postseason

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A.J. Ellis #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Michael Young #10 after hititng a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on Sept. 19, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

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Hanley Ramirez #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on Sept. 19, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

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A.J. Ellis #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives teammates in the duogut after hititng a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on Sept. 19, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

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A.J. Ellis #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hititng a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on Sept. 19, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

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A.J. Ellis #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on Sept. 19, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.


The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team to clinch a postseason berth, wrapping up their first National League West title since 2009 when they rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Thursday behind two homers from Hanley Ramirez.

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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, 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 and A.J. Ellis hit a tiebreaking homer off Josh Collmenter (4-4) leading off the eighth.

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

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