Dodgers finish with 111 wins, best in NL since 1906 Cubs South & Southeast News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers finished with their 111th win to become the National League’s winningest team in more than a century, and Clayton Kershaw set up for the playoffs with nine outs at bat by beating the Colorado Rockies 6-1 on Wednesday.

Trea Turner homered a game-breaking three-run homer in the fifth inning for the NL West champions, who finished 111-51 to become the winningest NL team since the 1906 Chicago Cubs went 116- 36.

Kershaw (12-3) has reached 2,807 career strikeouts. He allowed a run and a hit in five innings and walked one as the Dodgers snapped a three-game skid.

The Dodgers open the Division Series on October 11 against the New York or San Diego Mets.

The Rockies were held to two hits for the fourth time this season and finished 68-94, tying their most losses since 2015.

Freddie Freeman doubled and homered on his first two at bats, but a flight to the cautionary trail in center field in fifth ended his hopes of winning the NL batting title. Freeman hit .325 for the season; Jeff McNeil of the New York Mets finished at .326 after sitting out Wednesday.

Turner’s three-point shot to right center chased Chad Smith (0-1) and gave the Dodgers a 4-1 lead.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Vogt hit the final at-bat of his career and scored the first run on a sacrifice fly after Shohei Ohtani kicked a no-hitter in the fifth, and Oakland beat Los Angeles .

Ohtani (15-9) finished with a 2.33 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 166 innings, and he hit .273 with 34 home runs and 95 RBIs. He became the first player to qualify as a batter and pitcher since qualifying rules were adopted in 1950.

Mike Trout hit his 40th homer with two outs in the eighth, a 452-foot drive. Trout hit 40 homers for the third time and the first since hitting a career-high 45 in his 2019 AL MVP season.

Los Angeles (73-89) ended the year with a third straight loss after a season-best seven-game winning streak.

Ken Waldichuk (2-2) struck out four batters and allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings in his seventh career start. Kirby Snead finished for his first career stoppage. Oakland finished a worse AL 60-102.

CHICAGO (AP) — Luis Arraez won the AL batting title, hitting a double in the third inning after walking twice to finish the season at .316, and Minnesota passed Chicago.

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