Seager shines as Dodgers clinch 7th straight NL West title

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Los Angeles Dodgers star Corey Seager heads for home after hitting a three run home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards (AFP Photo/Patrick Smith)
Los Angeles Dodgers star Corey Seager heads for home after hitting a three run home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards (AFP Photo/Patrick Smith)

Baltimore (AFP) - Corey Seager blasted two home runs and finished with five RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their seventh straight National League West title with a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.

The Dodgers, who have reached the last two World Series, are seeking their first World Series title since 1988.

Los Angeles lost to the Boston Red Sox in five games last year and lost to the Houston Astros in seven in 2017.

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Seager smacked two homers in the first three innings and also scored two runs for the Dodgers who celebrated with champagne in the clubhouse.

Seager said the festivities won't last long as they have their sights on the bigger prize.

"We are glad to get this out of the way," he said. "We will have fun tonight and come back to work tomorrow."

Seager hit a three-run homer in the first inning and belted a two-run shot in the third as the Dodgers took a big early lead and cruised from there in front of a crowd of just 12,000 at Camden Yards. He hit both homers off of Baltimore starting pitcher Ty Blach.

"This feels great. It never gets old," said Seager while congratulating his teammates in the clubhouse.

Gavin Lux hit his first major league homer in the fifth inning as the Dodgers scored six of their seven runs from homers.

Starting pitcher Walker Buehler got the victory with a dominant performance to improve to 13-3 on the season.

The right-hander fanned 11 batters and allowed just four hits in seven shutout innings.

Baltimore is mired in a six-game losing streak and are just two losses away from losing 100 games for the second consecutive season.

Orioles' pitcher Blach is no stranger to the Dodgers having played previously with the San Francisco Giants.

But Blach has struggled since joining the Orioles and on Tuesday he gave up four runs in the first inning.

He lasted just 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits.

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