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Tony Gonsolin, Homers help Dodgers beat Diamondbacks to secure playoff spot

15 September (WNN) — 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 made the playoffs for the ninth year in a row with the win.

First baseman Max Munsey, second baseman Tree Turner and catcher Will Smith each won Tuesday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

“It feels great,” Gonsolin told reporters. “I’m personally grinding with the team. To be able to contribute makes me feel so much better.”

The Dodgers (93–53) still chased the San Francisco Giants for the division lead in the National League West, but secured one of two National League wild card postseason entries. The Diamondbacks (47–98) have the worst record in the National League.

“It’s a huge achievement,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters. “You never want to be upset and applaud coming in postseason. We accepted that, but also acknowledged that we have a lot of work to do. This is just the beginning.”

Gonsolin did not allow a hit until the fourth inning. He issued six strikes in his shutout appearance.

Dodgers outfielder Mookie Bates walks off the field to advance from the bottom of the first. Munsi chases down with a double to right field. Turner climbed the veteran first baseman with another double in the next at-bat.

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

Later in the innings, Smith arrived at the choice of a fielder. Dodgers shortstop Corey Seeger scored on that play due to an error thrown by Weaver.

Turner scored 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 to left field for a 397-foot single homer from Diamondbacks relief pitcher Jake Faria.

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

Smith opened the innings with a 418-foot blast off Faria and extended the Dodgers’ lead for five runs.

Diamondbacks second baseman Keitel Marte hit a 403-foot, three-run homer at the top of the seventh to cut the Dodgers’ lead by two runs.

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

Munsey and Tree Turner each went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a walk for the Dodgers. Marte conceded 3 for 4 with three RBIs for the Diamondbacks.

Weaver scored 3-5 runs in four innings this season with five hits and four runs. Dodgers relievers Blake Trainen and Kenley Jensen did not allow a hit, a run or a walk in the final two innings.

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

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