Will Smith Chris Taylor Dustin May Los Angeles city Los Angeles county San Diego Will Smith Chris Taylor Dustin May Los Angeles city Los Angeles county San Diego

Dodgers 1st team to clinch playoff spot, beat Padres 7-5

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SAN DIEGO – The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the pandemic-shortened season, beating the San Diego Padres 7-5 Wednesday behind Dustin May's gutty effort out of the bullpen and home runs from AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor.Will Smith drove in three runs for the seven-time defending NL West champion Dodgers, who opened a 3 1/2-game lead in the division by winning two of three in the matchup of the NL's two best teams.Mookie Betts tied his career high with three stolen bases, had two hits and scored a run.At 35-15, the Dodgers breezed into the expanded 16-team postseason field.

Los Angeles is seeking its first World Series title since 1988.San Diego, quieted by Dodgers pitching a second straight game even.

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