Two tiebreaker games set in NL

Grant SmithOct 03, 2018

With a win, the Colorado Rockies can do no worse than force a tie-breaking game on Monday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers to decide who wins the National League West. The Rockies are the second Wild Card team, having lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in their Game 163 tiebreaker to decided the NL West champ.

If the Dodgers win the NLDS, they will not have home-field advantage anymore in the playoffs unless the Rockies make it to the NLCS.

Justin Turner and David Freese drove in the Los Angeles runs in the first inning before Kemp had a two-run double and Brian Dozier a two-run homer in the third, during which the Dodgers went up 9-0.

The Colorado Rockies finished game 162 of the 2018 regular season with an emphatic 12-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

The defending NL champion Dodgers became the first major league team to win six straight division crowns since the Yankees captured nine AL East titles in a row from 1998-2006.

The Dodgers and Rockies will meet Monday in Los Angeles, with the victor taking the division and the loser playing either the Milwaukee Brewers or the Chicago Cubs in the NL wild-card game Tuesday.

Cubs and Brewers to play for division title at Wrigley Field on Monday at 12:05 p.m.

NL Central tiebreaker game set for Monday

Led by a 2-run homer from Corey Bellinger, the Dodgers jumped all over the Rockies from the opening bell and never looked back. In 2007, they beat the San Diego Padres to earn a wild-card berth, and then went on to sweep through the NL playoffs on the way to the World Series.

Addressing reporters on Saturday, Roberts, who gave Nats ace Max Scherzer the starting nod in this year's All-Star Game as the skipper of the National League team, joked that he might call up Scherzer and ask him to repay the favor.

The Brewers and Dodgers both entered the final weekend of the regular season a game out of first place.

Finally, in the top of the ninth inning, Colorado scored. He has 109 RBIs, two behind leader Javier Baez of the Cubs, and Yelich's 36 home runs are one behind Nolan Arenado of the Rockies.

Colorado had another impressive individual performance earlier in the week when German Marquez began a start against Philadelphia with eight straight strikeouts, tying a record.

The Dodgers' two homers extended their franchise and NL-leading total to 235 on the season.

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