Dodgers Become MLB's 1st 60-Win Team With Walk-Off Victory Over Royals

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 08:  Joc Pederson #31 and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after both score on Pederson's two run home run in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Dodger Stadium on July 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first 60-win team of the 2017 MLB season Saturday with a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

According to MLB's official Twitter account, the Dodgers are just the fourth team in the wild-card era to win 60 games prior to the All-Star break.

Win No. 60 occurred in dramatic fashion for the Dodgers, as rookie sensation Cody Bellinger drew a bases-loaded, walk-off walk in the bottom of the 10th inning at Dodger Stadium.

Bellinger was also the reason the game went to extra innings, as he tied it at 4-4 with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth, marking his 25th homer of the season.

The Houston Astros had a chance to be the first 60-win team earlier in the day, but they fell 7-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays in a game that saw Marcus Stroman pitch seven strong innings for the Jays.

By virtue of their win and Houston's loss, the Dodgers raised their winning percentage to No. 1 in MLB, as they are 0.5 games ahead of the Astros in that regard.

L.A. is playing in the league's most competitive division, but it leads the Arizona Diamondbacks by six games and the Colorado Rockies by nine games in the NL West.

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After losing to the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS last season, the Dodgers have come back stronger and are establishing themselves as the team to beat in the National League.

It has been nearly 30 years since the Dodgers reached the World Series, but they are the odds-on favorite to get there in 2017 with a six-game advantage over the rest of the NL.

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