LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched a playoff berth, securing homers from Max Muncy, Trea Turner and Will Smith to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Their eighth straight home win, combined with losses to Cincinnati and San Diego, secured the Dodgers a ninth straight playoff appearance in pursuit of a second straight World Series championship. LA’s home record of 51-23 leads the majors.
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Tony Gonsolin (3-1) dispersed two hits in five scoreless innings, struck out six on strikes and two on walks.
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Luke Weaver (3-5) needed 72 pitches to complete three innings. The right-hander allowed four runs and five hits in four innings, struck out four strikes and walked one.
After Arizona closed at 6-4 in the seventh, the Dodgers responded with two runs late in the inning. Muncy and Trea Turner drew consecutive walks by Brett de Geus. Seager chose and Justin Turner and Smith got sacrificial flies.
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The D-backs closed at 6-4 in the seventh on a three-point shot from Marte, who went 3 for 4 with a strikeout.