It might not always have been the smoothest of rides, but it offered the desired finish: the National League West title.
The Dodgers won their second consecutive division title Wednesday night, fittingly behind the impressive pitching of Clayton Kershaw, by beating the Giants, 9-1, before a jubilant sellout Dodger Stadium crowd of 53,387.
Kershaw -- greeted by chants of “MVP” all night -- pitched eight innings, holding the Giants to one run on eight hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out 11. He even tripled in the Dodgers’ first run in the fifth inning.
Kershaw now leads all of baseball in wins (21) and earned-run average (1.77), and he leads the...