Dodgers Beat Giants to Clinch NL West Title

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Winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw leaps onto catcher A.J. Ellis as the Dodgers celebrate their NL West title after defeating the San Francisco Giants, 9-1, on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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. (Credit: Glen Walker)

Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings, giving up only one run. (Credit: Glen Walker)

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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The Dodgers clinch the NL West title with a 9 to 1 win over the Giants. (Credit: Glen Walker)

The Dodgers clinch the NL West title with a 9 to 1 win over the Giants. (Credit: Glen Walker)