From worst to first in the last three months has been a remarkable story for the Dodgers this season.
Thanks to the powerful play of Hanley Ramirez and the relentless pursuit of accomplishing the NL West by the Dodgers, they defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6.
Ramirez had been battling a sore back opened up the third inning with a huge three run home run deep to left for the 3-0 lead.
Arizona exploded in the third inning when MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt connected on a ground ruled double that scored Adam Eaton.
Later on in the third, Wade Miley connected on an RBI double that scored Didi Gregorius and Gerrado Parra for the 6-3 Diamondback lead.
The Dodgers regrouped when Michael Young connected on a sacrifice fly that scored Scott Van Slyke and trailed 6-5 in the sixth inning. Ramirez tied the game with a solo home run in the inning.
AJ Ellis contributed in a big way on a home run for the 7-6 lead off of pitcher Josh Collmenter in the eight inning.
J.P. Howell picked up two outs for the victory, and Kenley Jansen pitched an outstanding ninth inning for his 26th save.
"I want to keep going," Ramirez said. "I think that we've got a couple of more steps to do. We've got to keep working and stay together all the way through to the end."
The Dodgers before June 22nd were in last place in the division by 9 1/2 games by the then first place Diamondbacks. The Dodgers went an outstanding 42-8 run, and elevated their way to the top of the NL West by 10 1/2 games. The Dodgers only motivation now, is to catch the NL East leading Atlanta Braves for the National League's best record.
"We're a veteran ballclub," Adrian Gonzalez said. "We understand it's not how you start, it's how you finish."
"I really try to keep it kind of even. But this is a great accomplishment for these guys. We put a great team together and a big payroll with huge expectations. A lot of time that falls apart and it had a chance to fall apart during the season, I thought," said Don Mattingly.
"But the coaching staff stuck together. These guys were loyal to me. There was no backbiting or somebody trying to leap over me. They stuck together. ... The players came together, we got healthy, and then we just rolled."