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Tony Gonsolin, homers help Dodgers beat Diamondbacks, clinch playoff spot

Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Trea Turner returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Jake Faria in the fifth inning Tuesday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Trea Turner returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Jake Faria in the fifth inning Tuesday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Tony Gonsolin allowed just two hits in five innings to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers clinched a playoff spot for the ninth consecutive year with the victory.

First baseman Max Muncy, second baseman Trea Turner and catcher Will Smith each homered in the triumph Tuesday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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"It feels great," Gonsolin told reporters."I've been grinding with the team, personally. To be able to contribute makes me feel a lot better."

The Dodgers (93-53) still trail the San Francisco Giants for the division lead in the National League West, but secured one of the National League's two Wild Card postseason entries. The Diamondbacks (47-98) own the worst record in the National League.

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"It's a big accomplishment," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters. "You don't ever want to get jaded and not appreciate getting to the postseason. We acknowledged that, but also acknowledged that we have a lot of work to do. This is just the beginning."

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Gonsolin didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning. He issued six strikeouts in his shutout appearance.

Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts grounded out to lead off the bottom of the first. Muncy followed with a double to right field. Turner plated the veteran first baseman with another double in the next at-bat.

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Betts helped the Dodgers add some insurance with a leadoff single in the third. Muncy settled in against Diamondbacks starter Luke Weaver for the second at-bat of the frame. He connected on a 2-0 Weaver fastball for a 467-foot, two-run shot to center field.

Smith reached base on a fielder's choice later in the inning. Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager scored on that play due to a throwing error by Weaver.

Turner smacked his 22nd home run of the season in the second at-bat in the bottom of the fifth. The Dodgers infielder sent the first pitch he saw from Diamondbacks relief pitcher Jake Faria to left field for a 397-foot solo homer.

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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta scored shortstop Josh Rojas with an RBI double in the top of the sixth to make the score 5-1.

Smith led off the bottom of the inning with a 418-foot blast off Faria to push the Dodgers lead back to five runs.

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Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte smacked a 403-foot, three-run homer in the top of the seventh to cut the Dodgers lead to two runs.

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and Smith each recorded sacrifice fly RBIs in the bottom of the seventh for the final runs of the night.

Muncy and Trea Turner each went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a walk for the Dodgers. Marte went 3 for 4 with three RBIs for the Diamondbacks.

Weaver allowed five hits and four runs in four innings to drop to 3-5 this season. Dodgers relievers Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen did not allow a hit, a run or a walk over the final two innings.

The Dodgers host the Diamondbacks in the final game of the series at 10:10 p.m. EDT Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

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