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Rangers beat Rays, 8-2, teams tied atop wild card

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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 Diamond backs, 7-6, in Phoenix 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 a 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 trailed, 6-3, in the sixth and A.J. Ellis hit a tiebreaking homer off Josh Collmenter leading off the eighth. Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the third inning and a tying solo shot in the seventh.

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