Walker Buehler, Dodgers top Rockies for sixth straight N.L. West title

Getty									The Cubs and Brewers are battling for the NL Central

The Rockies rallied in the top of the ninth, but it was too little too late as the Dodgers held on in the NL West tiebreaker.

Colorado will travel to face the Chicago Cubs, who lost the NL Central tiebreaker to the Milwaukee Brewers, in the single-elimination National League wildcard game on Tuesday.

The victor of the Dodgers-Rockies game will host the first two games of the National League Division series against the East Division victor Atlanta Braves.

Walker Buehler came through for the Dodgers.

Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon follows the flight of his RBI-double off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Kyle McGowin in the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Denver.

The last time a Rockie hit for the cycle was Nolan Arenado on June 18, 2017 when he walked off the San Francisco Giants to finish the feat and provide one of the most memorable endings in Rockies history.

He may be cocky, but the 24-year-old backed it up on the field, helping the Dodgers secure their sixth straight NL West title. The rookie finished the season with a 2.15 ERA against the Rockies over 37 2/3 innings and a 2.62 ERA overall in 137 1/3 innings. He improved to two-for-17. The Dodgers had never won more than two consecutive division titles before the current run.

Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler and the bullpen maintained a shutout through eight innings, with the Rockies able to squeak out a couple of runs in the final inning.

Colorado have made the playoffs four times since they entered Major League Baseball as an expansion team in 1993.

Of Colorado's 12 runs, three were driven in by Blackmon.

The first team to win three games in the division series will advance to the best-of-seven-game National League Championship Series against the victor of the other two-team division series.



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