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Kenley Jansen wins NL-West title with LA Dodgers

...Kenley Jansen during the WBC... March of this year...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
PHOENIX, Arizona (USA) - The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team to capture a Division-title this season and clinch a spot in the Play-Offs. On Thursday-evening, the Dodgers came back from behind to win 7-6 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, which was its contender for the championship in the National League West.

In the third inning, Hanley Ramirez hit a 3-run homerun for the Dodgers, but the Diamondbacks then rallied for six runs in the home of the third. In the sixth, the Dodgers scored two runs on a double by Scott Van Slyke and sac-fly by Michael Young.

In the seventh, Ramirez homered again to tie the score at 6-6. In the next at bat, AJ Ellis led off with a homerun that gave the Dodgers a 7-6 lead.

Leading 7-6, Dutch National Team-pitcher Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth inning for the Dodgers. The closer struckout the first two batters he faced, then a flyout ended the game. And so, Jansen secured the win and earned his 26th save of the season.

Didi Gregorius played at short for the Diamondbacks, but went 0-for-3.

For the Dodgers, this is their first trip to the Play-Offs since 2009. This season, Arizona led the Western Division of the National League more than the Dodgers. On June 22, the Dodgers were in last place, trailing the league-leader by 9 1/2 games, but then the team of Manager Don Mattingly win 58 of its next 81 games to win the championship-title.

In March of this year, Jansen was added to the roster of the Dutch National Baseball Team for the semi-final of the World Baseball Classic in San Francisco, but he didn't pitch for the Orange squad.

(September 19)

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