Dodgers clinch postseason berth in 8-4 win over D-backs

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy follows through on a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched a postseason berth, getting home runs by Max Muncy, Trea Turner and Will Smith to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 on Tuesday night for their fifth win in a row.

Their eighth straight victory at home, combined with losses by Cincinnati and San Diego, secured the Dodgers’ ninth consecutive playoff appearance in pursuit of a second straight World Series championship. LA’s home record of 51-23 leads the majors.

Tony Gonsolin (3-1) scattered two hits over five scoreless innings, struck out six and walked two.

Using teammate Albert Pujols’ bat, Muncy blasted his 33rd homer, a two-run shot, off Luke Weaver (3-5) in the third, when the D-backs had two errors. Mookie Betts singled leading off and scored, making it 3-0. Will Smith grounded into a fielder’s choice to Weaver, who botched the throw, allowing Corey Seager to score after reaching on a fielding error by Ketel Marte. Weaver bent over and stomped his feet in frustration as the Dodgers led 4-0.

The Dodgers made Weaver work. He needed 72 pitches to get through three innings. The right-hander gave up four runs and five hits in four innings, struck out four and walked one.

Smith’s 24th homer in the sixth extended the lead to 6-1. Trea Turner’s RBI double in the first scored Muncy, who doubled.

After Arizona closed to 6-4 in the seventh, the Dodgers answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Muncy and Trea Turner drew consecutive walks by Brett de Geus. Seager singled and Justin Turner and Smith had sacrifice flies.

The D-backs closed to 6-4 in the seventh on a three-run shot by Marte, who went 3 for 4 with a strikeout.

Arizona trailed 5-1 in the sixth on David Peralta’s RBI double off David Price. Pitching for the first time since Sept. 5, the former AL Cy Young Award winner gave up back-to-back singles to Josh Rojas and Marte that set up Peralta.

The Dodgers improved to 13-2 against Arizona this season, including 8-1 at home.

TRAINER’S ROOM

D-backs: 1B Seth Beer left the game in the first with a dislocated left shoulder. He dived for Trea Turner’s hit down the line and landed on his belly. Beer was making his first start as a position player in just his fifth major league game.

Dodgers: Closer Kenley Jansen came off the paternity list after missing two games for the birth of a daughter. … RHP Mitch White was optioned.

UP NEXT

D-backs: Haven’t announced a starter.

Dodgers: LHP Julio Urías (17-3, 2.98) goes for his MLB-leading 18th victory. He is 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA against Arizona this season.

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