Dodgers First Team In 13 Years To Hit 50 Games Above .500
The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-1 at Dodger Stadium to become the first team in 13 years with 50 wins over .500 (84-34).
The Dodgers scored five runs in the eighth inning to break the 1-1 tie with the White Sox, who started Miguel Gonzales but left the game without a decision after pitching six innings, striking out four batters, allowing five hits, three walks and just one run.
Dodgers starter Alex Wood also left the game without a decision despite pitching seven innings, allowing one run, no walks and striking out six batters.
Chicago (45-71) took the lead in the first inning with a solo homer by Tim Anderson, who now totals 14 in the season.
The Dodgers scored the go-ahead run on a hit-by-pitch after Jake Petricka hit Joc Pederson with bases the loaded in the eighth inning to start the five-run onslaught.
Pinch hitter Austin Barnes and shortstop Corey Seager added a two-run single each in that same inning that sentenced the game.
Dodgers Starter Brandon Morrow (5-0) remained unbeaten in the season and Juan Minaya (1-1) took the loss for the White Sox
The Dodgers still hold the best record in baseball and they command the National League with ease as the N.L East-leading Washington Nationals own a 71-46 record, while the Chicago Cubs sit atop the mediocre N.L Central with a 62-56 mark, just one and a half game in front of the St. Louis Cardinals (61-58).
In contrast, the Dodgers lead the N.L West by 18.5 games in front of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, who own the same 66-53 record.
In the American League, the suddenly struggling Houston Astros still lead the A.L West and own the best record at 73-46, but they are being closely followed by the A.L East-leading Boston Red Sox (68-51).