PHOENIX -- The Los Angeles Dodgers looked more like themselves Tuesday night.
With their sagging lineup fortified by the returns of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez, the Dodgers scored six times in the first three innings and went on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-3, Tuesday night.
The victory cut the Dodgers' magic number to clinch the NL West title to two. A win in either of the two remaining games in this series against the Diamondbacks will give the Dodgers their first division title since 2009.
"Not there yet," Dodgers starter Zack Greinke said of being on the verge of clinching. "Something special would be the playoffs and World Series stuff. Just getting to it (the playoffs) is nice. But that's not the good part."
While the Dodgers dawdled, losing nine of their previous 12, the St. Louis Cardinals moved ahead of them -- and would have home-field advantage in a first-round playoff matchup -- and within one game of the Atlanta Braves for the best record in the NL.
The Dodgers had barely averaged three runs per game during that 12-game slide. But they got an offensive spark from Kemp and Ramirez on Tuesday.
Kemp was 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI in his first start since July 21. Ramirez, playing for the first time since Thursday because of an irritated nerve in his back, also reached base four times and scored three runs.
Kemp doubled in two during a four-run first against Patrick Corbin and Juan Uribe followed with a two-run home run.
In the third, Ramirez led off with a walk and scored on a two-run home run by Adrian Gonzalez. Kemp added an RBI single in the fourth as the Dodgers stretched their lead to 8-0.
All the offense made for an easy night for Greinke, who held the Diamondbacks to two runs on six hits, including a solo home run by Aaron Hill, in six innings.
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