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Kershaw, Dodgers Beat Giants 9-1 to Win West Title

Kershaw, Dodgers Beat Giants 9-1 to Win West Title

Posted by Liliana Castaño on September 25, 2014

Clayton Kershaw strode into the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse with a rare demand.

"Give me some," he yelled, making a beeline for an icy tub of champagne and beer.

The probable NL Cy Young Award winner and MVP candidate grabbed a bottle of bubbly and began pouring in celebration of the Dodgers' NL West title after a 9-1 victory over second-place San Francisco on Wednesday night.

"You can't take lightly what we did," a soaked Kershaw said. "You got to celebrate accomplishments and that's what we did. It's really fun to celebrate with these guys."

Yasiel Puig hopped on a bicycle for a ride in the clubhouse after aggressively soaking everyone in sight. Tubs full of melting ice got knocked over, soaking the blue carpet as the misty stench of champagne hung in the humid air.

"We want to win a world championship but the first step in that is winning your division," said manager Don Mattingly, his brown hair matted.

Kershaw tied a career high with his 21st victory and Puig homered to highlight a four-run sixth inning as the Dodgers claimed their second straight division title behind their ace Kershaw (21-3), who has been the catalyst behind their success this season.

"Awesome, competitor, leader," second baseman Dee Gordon said describing Kershaw.

Kershaw didn't pitch lights out — getting called for a balk and wild pitch — and he committed a throwing error in the seventh but he did a little bit of everything, including hitting and fielding to ensure the Dodgers' celebrated in front of their longtime rivals.

"He probably wasn't at his best, but him at 80 percent is pretty good," Giants starter Tim Hudson said. "It's better than most people."

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