LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers continued their historic 2017 run, using a five-run eighth inning to beat the White Sox, 6-1, on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, becoming the first team since the 2004 Cardinals to be 50 games over .500.
The Dodgers, who have the best record in baseball at 84-34, reached 50 wins at home for the third straight season. They are on pace to win 117 games, one more than the Major League record shared by the 2001 Seattle Mariners and the 1906 Chicago Cubs.
On the first pitch of the game, Tim Anderson deposited a 91-mph fastball from Alex Wood over the center-field fence to put the White Sox ahead early, but the Dodgers southpaw settled in, shutting the South Siders down over seven innings while striking out six. Logan Forsythe tied the game at 1-1 with his bases-loaded sac fly in the sixth, but Wood settled for a no-decision in his bid to tie Clayton Kershaw for the Major League wins lead at 15.
After the Dodgers loaded the bases in the eighth, righty Jake Petricka plunked Joc Pederson to give L.A. its first lead, then Austin Barnes followed with a two-run single and Corey Seager added a two-run double to give the Dodgers a 6-1 advantage they would not relinquish.
Chicago righty Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run on five hits, lasting six innings on 100 pitches in a no-decision. He has allowed only two runs in his last 14 1/3 innings.
Ryan Posner is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the White Sox on Tuesday.
Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Dodgers on Tuesday.
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