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Extra, extra Dodgers win the NL West again

The Dodgers scored five in the 11th inning to take the NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers v. Seattle Mariners Photo by Liv Lyons/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The Dodgers clinched their tenth National League West Division title in eleven seasons with their 6-2 win in eleven innings at Seattle tonight. Run-scoring hits from Max Muncy, Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernández gave the Dodgers a five-run lead and Joe Kelly was able to close it out without too much trouble.

And that all came after it seemed like the Dodgers were going to clinch when they had two outs in the bottom of the tenth with a one-run lead or Arizona was going to lose their game to the Cubs. But then the Diamondbacks rallied to get a walk-off win and the Mariners tied the game to send to the eleventh inning.

Key hits for the win

With runners on first and second and one out in the eleventh inning, Max Muncy dug out a pitch and served it into the left-center to give the Dodgers the lead again. It also was Muncy’s 100th RBI this season.

With the bases loaded, Chris Taylor drove in two more to make it a three-run lead for the Dodgers.

And then with two outs, Kiké Hernández made it a five-run lead for Joe Kelly to protect in the bottom of the inning.

Dodger pitchers shut down the Mariners

Seven pitchers took the mound for the Dodgers on Saturday and they were able to pitch well in a playoff atmosphere in Seattle.

Clayton Kershaw returned to mound and while his velocity was still down, he was able to pitch four scoreless innings to kick start the strong game for the Dodger pitchers.

Also, it seems having Kershaw start a potential division title clinching game is a good thing.

Emmet Sheehan was overpowering at times when he struck out five in his three scoreless innings outing.

And Ryan Brasier was nasty with his two strikeouts to strand two inherited runners.

Brusdar Graterol retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra-innings.

What is left for the Dodgers to do in the regular season

The Dodgers are trying to secure at least the second seed in the National League to give them a first-round bye. Their magic number is any combination eight Dodger wins or Brewer losses to give them that spot.

Saturday particulars

WP — Evan Phillips (2-4): 1 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walks

LP — Gabe Speier (2-2): ⅓ IP, 1 hit, 3 runs (2 earned), 1 walks, 1 strikeout

Up next

The Dodgers will put out some sort of team tomorrow but it will be after celebrating winning the division tonight. In any event, the game against the Mariners is scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m. PDT and will be on SportsNet LA.