Dodgers sit first at NL West for the first time since April 25 after a comeback win over the Braves
For the first time since May 30, the San Francisco Giants are not in first place in the NL West. The Giants ‘loss to the Brewers (MIL 5, SF 2) combined with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ victory over the Braves (LA 4, ATL 3) propelled the Dodgers to first place on Wednesday. The Dodgers are half a game ahead in the division and now have the best record in baseball at 85-49.
Here are the best records in baseball after Wednesday’s action:
- Dodge: 85-49
- Giants: 84-49 (1/2 GB)
- Rays: 84-49 (1/2 GB)
- Brewers: 82-52 (3 GB)
- Astros: 78-44 (6 1/2 GB)
The Dodgers received six white innings from Max Scherzer on Wednesday, but had to rally to the Atlanta relievers’ box to secure the victory. With two strikeouts in the eighth inning, Justin Turner and AJ Pollock shot down singles from the left side of the infield to level the game and give the Dodgers the least, respectively.
Kenley Jansen and Blake Treinen were unavailable due to their recent workloads, so Dodgers manager Dave Roberts went to Joe Kelly to protect the ninth point lead and he pulled the team out on 10 throws. Wednesday’s win is the 20th of the Dodgers’ last 24 games. They had five return games in the NL West on August 13.
As for the Giants, they erased a two-run deficit in the fifth inning against Brewers reliever Justin Topa, but Milwaukee regained the lead with a two-strike-out and two-stroke single from Jace Peterson in the seventh. They added two points of insurance in the top of the ninth and the bullpen allowed the advance to recover. The Giants have lost four in a row and five of their last six.
San Francisco spent 93 straight days in first place before Wednesday, and their 119 days in first place overall are second in baseball this season (the White Sox have spent 120 days in first place). Los Angeles is in sole possession of the first place for the first time since April 25. They only spent 25 days atop the NL West this year.
The Giants and Dodgers will end their season streak with a three-game set at Oracle Park this weekend (September 3-5). The seasonal streak is currently dead, even with eight wins and 68 points scored for each team.