Your Los Angeles Dodgers toppled the Colorado Rockies easily, 5-2, in today's National League West tiebreaker game. But it would obviously benefit them to win the division and get a guaranteed postseason spot rather than having to go to the Wild Card play-in game on the road against either the Milwaukee Brewers or the Chicago Cubs. Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon became the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season.
Two of the teams to win a one-game tiebreaker prior to the wild-card era went on to win the World Series, but the 1978 Yankees had to win only one series before the World Series, and the 1948 Indians moved right to the World Series after beating the Red Sox for the AL pennant. San Francisco scored four runs in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium for the decisive victory of a three-game tiebreaker series for the 1962 pennant.
Buehler even helped himself offensively, hitting a single in the sixth for his first professional RBI and extending the Dodgers' lead to 5-0. That game went 13 innings, with Colorado prevailing 9-8 when Matt Holliday may or may not have touched the plate when he was credited with the winning run.
Chicago hit back to level in the fifth inning when Anthony Rizzo blasted a solo home run into right field to make it 1-1.
In Chicago, Christian Yelich collected three more hits as Milwaukee won its first NL Central title since 2011, beating the Cubs in a tiebreaker game. On the offensive side, the Dodgers have not been consistent at all this year but over the course of the last few games, there have been reasons to believe that they will turn it around for the postseason.
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Ryan Braun supplied two hits, two runs and two RBIs, while Orlando Arcia also drove in two runs. The young star was wonderful in his last outing against the Philadelphia Phillies, striking out the first eight batters he faced, and setting Colorado's single season record for strikeouts.
After manager Mike Scioscia announced he was stepping down, his team beat Oakland to win the season finale at Anaheim.
The Brewers then looked to Josh Hader to shut down the Cubs in the final two innings, and the All-Star pitcher duly delivered, getting the final six outs to see Milwaukee home.
Marquez is 14-10 with a 3.76 ERA and 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in five starts against the Dodgers.
Jimmy Yacabonis, Paul Fry and Mychal Givens combined for a one-hit shutout as Baltimore defeated visiting Houston.