Dodgers Beat Giants to Clinch NL West Title
It might not always have been the smoothest of rides, but it offered the desired finish: the National League West title.
The Dodgers won their second consecutive division title Wednesday night, fittingly behind the impressive pitching of Clayton Kershaw, by beating the Giants, 9-1, before a jubilant sellout Dodger Stadium crowd of 53,387.
Kershaw — greeted by chants of “MVP” all night — pitched eight innings, holding the Giants to one run on eight hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out 11. He even tripled in the Dodgers’ first run in the fifth inning.
Kershaw now leads all of baseball in wins (21) and earned-run average (1.77), and he leads the NL in strikeouts (239). A fourth NL Cy Young appears assured, and he might have locked up the MVP award, too, with his performance Wednesday.
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