PHOENIX — Languishing deep in last place three months ago, the Dodgers became the first team to clinch a postseason berth, wrapping up their first NL West title since 2009 with a 7-6 victory over the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Hanley Ramirez hit two home runs, and .A.J. Ellis hit a tiebreaking homer off Josh Collmenter leading off the eighth.
After a champagne celebration in the clubhouse, many players raced back out for a celebratory dip in the Chase Field swimming pool.
Before play on June 22, Los Angeles was 30-42 and in last place, 9½ games behind first-place Arizona. The Dodgers are 58-23 since.
"I'm a guy that doesn't show a lot of emotion," manager Don Mattingly said. "I really try to keep it kind of even. But this is a great accomplishment for these guys. These guys were loyal to me. There was no backbiting. The players came together, we got healthy, and then we just rolled."