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Ex-Lookouts help Dodgers clinch NL West title

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team to clinch a postseason berth, wrapping up their first NL West title since 2009 when they rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Thursday behind two homers from Hanley Ramirez.

Despite an NL-high payroll of $214 million-plus on opening day, the Dodgers got off to an 30-42 start and were last in the division, 9½ games behind the first-place Diamondbacks, before play on June 22. Los Angeles has gone 58-23 since.

The Dodgers are 64-33 since Yasiel Puig was called up from Double-A Chattanooga and entered the big league's with the most productive first month in the game's history.

The Dodgers trailed 6-3 in the sixth and A.J. Ellis hit a tiebreaking homer off Josh Collmenter (4-4) leading off the eighth.

J.P. Howell (2-1) got two outs for the victory while former Lookout reliever Kenley Jansen closed it out with a scoreless ninth.

At least eleven ex-Lookouts are currently listed on the Dodgers' current big-league roster: outfielders Puig, Scott Van Slyke, Alex Castellanos and Nick Buss; shortstop Dee Gordon and pitchers Jensen, Chris Withrow, Onelki Garcia, Stephen Fife, Carlos Marmol and Paco Rodriguez. 

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