Los Angeles Dodgers heading to postseason for tenth straight time as MLB’s error solely briefly postpones clincher

PHOENIX — Mookie Betts hit a three-run homer, Cody Bellinger added a two-run double and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-0 on Monday night time behind Tyler Anderson, turning into the primary main league staff to clinch a playoff spot this season.

For actual, this time.

The Dodgers thought they’d secured a playoff berth Sunday after beating the Padres, celebrating with a postgame toast and distributing caps with the postseason emblem on them.

However MLB mentioned Monday that it didn’t account for a possible situation by which the Padres (77-64) overtake the Dodgers for the NL West title and Los Angeles finishes in a three-way tie at 96-66 with the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. Milwaukee would win the NL Central in that situation whereas St. Louis would win the wild-card tiebreaker with Los Angeles primarily based on head-to-head outcomes this season.

Nevertheless it was all moot hours later, because the Dodgers received their 97th recreation of the season and moved to 54 video games over .500.

They’ve now reached the playoffs 10 straight occasions, the third-longest streak in main league historical past. Solely the 1991 to 2005 Braves (14 straight) and 1995 to 2007 Yankees (13) had higher runs.

The Dodgers can clinch the NL West on Tuesday night time with a win or a Padres loss.

Anderson (15-3) and Diamondbacks rookie Ryne Nelson engaged in a powerful pitching duel for the primary six innings.

The Dodgers broke by way of in opposition to the D-backs’ bullpen within the seventh, loading the bases with no outs. Trayce Thompson snapped the scoreless tie with a sacrifice fly off Kevin Ginkel after which Bellinger pushed the Dodgers forward 3-0 with a double into the right-center hole.

It was an excellent second for Bellinger, who was the 2019 NL MVP however hasn’t come near reaching that stage of manufacturing since. He got here into the sport with a .200 batting common, 17 homers and 55 RBI.

Betts crushed his three-run shot to left within the ninth, giving the Dodgers a six-run cushion. It was his thirty fourth homer of the season.

Anderson went seven innings, giving up 5 hits, strolling two and placing out two.

Nelson threw six shutout innings in his second MLB begin, extending his scoreless streak to 13 innings since he was known as as much as the large leagues final week.

The 24-year-old threw seven shutout innings in opposition to the Padres in his debut Sept. 5.

Nelson did not have a lot bother with the Dodgers’ potent lineup, giving up simply two hits and two walks whereas placing out six. He allowed a two-out triple to Trea Turner within the sixth after which deliberately walked Freddie Freeman, however retired Will Smith on a liner to heart that ended the inning.

Info from The Related Press was used on this report.

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