Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Colorado Rockies: Game 163 Preview

Colorado Rockies: Game 163 Preview

The Rockies and Dodgers had set up a decisive tie-breaker game for the NL West title after finishing the regular season level with identical 91-71 records on Sunday. The Rockies rallied in the top of the ninth, but it was too little too late as the Dodgers held on for a 5-2 win in the NL West tiebreaker Monday.

The Dodgers, beaten by the Houston Astros in the World Series previous year, will now advance to a best-of-five divisional series against the Atlanta Braves starting in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The one-game tiebreaker will be Monday at Dodger Stadium, and the loser goes to the Chicago Cubs or Milwaukee for Tuesday's wild-card game.

Joc Pederson is 3-for-10 with two homers versus Marquez, who is 2-0 with a 3.19 ERA in five career starts against the Dodgers. 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.

Rockies fans poured into 20and Blake on Saturday night ready to potentially celebrate a division title, but were quickly soured when the Nationals hopped on Colorado starter Jon Gray for five runs in the first two innings on their way to a 12-2 hammering.

Los Angeles looks to capture its sixth-straight NL West title.

The Dodgers became the first team to win six consecutive division titles since the New York Yankees, who won nine consecutive AL East titles from 1998-2006. Blackmon then drilled a two-run homer of his own in the third, singled to lead off the fifth, and completed the cycle with an RBI double in the eighth. He had 110 RBIs, one behind the Cubs' Javier Baez, and finished with 36 home runs, two shy of Colorado's Nolan Arenado.

"I don't know how to say this politically correct, but he's got big balls", Kershaw said, according to Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times.

Blackmon tripled in his first at-bat and homered into the right-field seats in the third inning. He completely shut down the Rockies lineup, allowing just one hit in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

"We are going to the playoffs tomorrow, and that's an fantastic opportunity", Blackmon said. They faced the Brewers in the tiebreaker game at Wrigley Field and lost 3-1.

Buehler even helped himself offensively, hitting a single in the sixth for his first professional RBI and extending the Dodgers' lead to 5-0.

The Rockies went on to defeat the Nationals 12-0.

Bellinger got the Dodgers' offense going with a two-run home run in the fourth inning, his 25th of the season.

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