Dodgers Beat Rockies to Claim Sixth Consecutive NL West Division Title

They may have needed 163 games to do it, but the Los Angeles Dodgers claimed their sixth consecutive National League West division title with a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

As a result of Monday’s two tiebreaker games, the NL playoff picture is finally set with the Dodgers hosting the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the Division Series on Thursday, while the Rockies travel to Chicago to face the Cubs in a one-game wild-card playoff tomorrow.

The Dodgers finish the regular season 92-71, the Rockies 91-72.

The game: Cody Bellinger’s two-run homer off Rockies starter German Marquez broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth and provided all the offense the Dodgers needed for rookie right-hander Walker Buehler.

Max Muncy followed with a two-run homer of his own an inning later and effectively close the book on Marquez, who struck out nine in 4 ⅔ innings.

Buehler, meanwhile, held the Rockies without a hit for the first 5 ⅓ innings before giving up a clean single to Charlie Blackmon in the top of the sixth. That was the only hit he allowed before leaving to a standing ovation with two outs in the seventh. He walked three and struck out three, throwing 93 pitches.

Buehler even helped his own cause with an RBI single in the top of the seventh.

Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story hit back-to-back home runs off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen to start the ninth inning, but it was too little too late.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Steve Gardner