Los Angeles beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-3 on Tuesday night at Camden Yards to clinch their seventh straight National League West pennant.
The Braves won 14 straight NL East titles, from 1991 to 2005 (there was no postseason in the strike-shortened 1994 campaign).
Unlike last year, when they beat the Colorado Rockies in a Game 163 tiebreaker to earn a sixth straight division title, the Dodgers got it done early this time around.
The three teams ahead Los Angeles -- the 2002 Braves, the 2017 Nationals and the 2008 Angels -- all failed to advance in the playoffs, though the '16 Cubs went on to win the World Series.
"I would rather the early one versus the late one," said Roberts, who has guided Los Angeles in each of the past four seasons, prior to Tuesday's win.