The Dodgers became the first team since the 2006 San Diego Padres to win the division at Chase Field. Hanley Ramirez got things going in the top of the third, when he belted a three-run homer (19) to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.
But the D-Backs weren't ready to throw in the towel just yet. They put Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco in a jam quickly, when Paul Goldschmidt hit a ground-rule double down the right field line to plate Arizona's first run. Martin Prado then stepped to the plate and drove two more in in with a triple. He would score on a Miguel Montero single. Then Arizona starter Wade Miley helped his own cause, when he doubled another two runs home. When all was done, Miley and company had posted a six-run third inning. But it would also be the last big offense they could put together.
After the Dodgers put two more on the board in the top of the sixth, Hanley Ramirez struck again. He led off the seventh with a solo shot (20), his second of the game, to tie things up with a 6-6 score. He would finish the afternoon 4-for-5 with four total RBI's. Then an inning later, AJ Ellis hit a solo home run (8) of his own, to give the Dodgers what would be the final 7-6 score.
Nolasco was long gone by the time his team was declared champions. He lasted five innings, and was tagged for six runs on nine hits. He did manage to strike out five, but it was JP Howell that picked up the win. He came on in relief and worked 2/3 of an inning and allowed one walk. Miley also went five innings for Arizona, giving up three runs on five hits. He too was gone before the decision, as Chaz Roe was charged with a blown save.
This is considered a tremendous turnaround for the Dodgers, a team that started the year in less than grand fashion. They hung on despite multiple injuries to Ramirez and Matt Kemp, and being in last place through most of the summer. After a 30-42 start, which put manager Don Mattingly's job in question, they bounced back for an MLB-best 58-23 record. That also includes several winning streaks including a much-hyped 10-game streak.
This is the first trip to the postseason since 2009 for the Dodgers, as they look to return to the World Series for the first time since the infamous 1988 classic where an injured Kirk Gibson hit a historic home run.
With the pressure of trying to win the division now off their shoulders, the Dodgers will head back to the coast to open up a weekend series against the San Diego Padres. Arizona will travel to Colorado to meet up with the Rockies.