he Dodgers once were 12 games under .500. They once were as many as 9 1/2 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks and started this month in last place.

Monday night, they moved into first in the National League West.

Hours after their 14-5 demolition of the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, the Dodgers received word that the Diamondbacks had lost to the Chicago Cubs, 4-2.

"1st place!" Adrian Gonzalez posted on his Twitter account.

The Dodgers, who've won 21 of their last 26 games, lead Arizona by half a game.

Even with Matt Kemp out of the lineup because of a sprained ankle and Yasiel Puig still slumping, the Dodgers continued to look unstoppable in the first of a three games in Toronto.

Ten of their runs were driven in by the Nos. 6-9 hitters in the lineup. Catcher A.J. Ellis had four hits, including a home run, and career highs in runs batted in (five) and runs (three).

Ellis said his production was a testament to the players in the middle of lineup, such as Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier.

"When it gets down to the bottom, you can almost see the pitcher trying to take a breath," Ellis said. "It's like a break for them. It's our job to make it tough."

They did. Utilityman Skip Schumaker, batting seventh, hit a towering three-run home run to right field in the seventh that landed in the second deck. Juan Uribe and Mark Ellis, who batted eighth and ninth, each drove in a run.

"Our lineup is pretty deep," Schumaker said. "I feel we might have an AL lineup if we had Kemp in there every day."