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Julio Urias’ 20th win retains Los Angeles Dodgers alive in NL West race

One final recreation, one final probability for the Los Angele Dodgers to seize a share of their ninth consecutive Nationwide League West title.

The playoff-bound Dodgers (105-56) should beat the Milwaukee Brewers once more on Sunday and hope the rival first-place Giants (106-55) lose once more to the Padres to tie for the title. That may ship them and the Giants to a deciding Recreation 163 in San Francisco on Monday.

“If we do not win, it does not matter what anybody else does,” third baseman Justin Turner mentioned.

Julio Urias grew to become the Dodgers’ first 20-game winner since Clayton Kershaw in 2014, pitching one-run ball into the seventh inning as Los Angeles beat the Brewers 8-Three on Saturday evening to increase the NL West race to the ultimate day of the common season.

“The one focus for us is to win tomorrow,” supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned. “That is all we are able to management.”

The Giants lost 3-2 to San Diego earlier Saturday, lowering their result in one recreation. The Dodgers have been watching earlier than their recreation started.

“There was a great buzz going across the clubhouse heading into the sport realizing the chance for us,” Turner mentioned.

The Dodgers or Giants are assured to have probably the most wins of a staff that fails to complete first, bettering the 1909 Chicago Cubs and 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers, who had 104 wins every.

In accordance with ESPN Stats & Data, it is the primary time in MLB historical past {that a} division has a number of 105-win groups and the primary time they have been even in the identical league. Neither the Dodgers nor Giants have led by greater than 5 video games all season.

Los Angeles received its 14th consecutive dwelling recreation, tying a 100-year-old franchise report.

Urias (20-3) gave up one hit, struck out seven and walked two over 6⅓ innings in his 32nd begin of the common season, turning into the majors’ solely 20-game winner this yr and the primary Mexican-born pitcher to steer the majors in wins. The 25-year-old left-hander retired 16 in a row after permitting a double to Eduardo Escobar within the first.

“The main target, adrenaline and power stage was all at peak place realizing what was at stake,” Urias mentioned by an interpreter.

Urias left within the seventh as a part of a double swap, handing the ball to Roberts, who grabbed his arm to speak earlier than the pitcher walked off to a standing ovation from the gang of 49,705.

“He simply mentioned, ‘Nice job, nice season,'” Urias mentioned. “I used to be more than happy and really proud of the ovation of the gang.”

He completed his first full season within the rotation with a 2.96 ERA and 195 strikeouts.

“It is a dream season. Very blessed and really grateful,” Urias mentioned. “I used to be very blessed all yr to remain wholesome.”

Kershaw received 21 video games in 2014, when he earned the final of his three Cy Younger Awards. He watched from the dugout as Urias grew to become the fourth Mexican-born pitcher to win 20 video games within the majors, becoming a member of former Dodger Fernando Valenzuela and Milwaukee’s Teddy Higuera (each 1986) and Esteban Loiaza of the Chicago White Sox (2003).

Urias hasn’t misplaced since June 21 at San Diego. He’s 11-Zero with a 2.03 ERA since then.

“It is a feather in his cap successful 20 video games. These are laborious to return by today,” Roberts mentioned. “It will be one thing he’ll at all times keep in mind and be pleased with.”

The Dodgers received a three-run homer from Turner within the first, a two-run blast by AJ Pollock within the fourth and a solo shot by Corey Seager within the fifth, giving them 17 homers of their previous 4 video games. Max Muncy‘s RBI double within the eighth made it 8-1.

Trea Turner went 2-for-Four to increase his career-high 18-game hitting streak and all however lock up the NL batting title with a .328 common. His closest competitors, former Washington teammate Juan Soto, went 0-for-Three in opposition to Boston, dropping his common to .315.

Trea Turner will grow to be the primary Dodger to win a batting crown since Tommy Davis claimed back-to-back titles in 1962 and 1963.

Christian Yelich‘s fielder’s selection groundout scored Willy Adames, who walked, to provide the NL Central-champion Brewers an early lead. Urias walked Adames once more with two outs within the sixth earlier than Escobar struck out swinging to finish the inning.

The Dodgers tied the franchise report for consecutive dwelling wins set by the Brooklyn Robins. They received 14 in a row at Ebbets Discipline from April 21 to Might 12, 1921. Los Angeles has received six in a row general.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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