Buehler lifts Dodgers to win in NL West tiebreaker

Christian Yelich

The Dodgers will kick off their playoff schedule with the Braves this Thursday for the NLDS.

In a surprising twist, Nats manager Davey Martinez revealed after the Saturday's game that Erick Fedde will start on Sunday. Buehler did not allow a hit until the sixth inning, and in all tossed 6.2 innings of shutout ball, allowing just the one knock while striking out and walking three.

Buehler (8-5) had his no-hit bid broken up in the sixth on Charlie Blackmon's single, one of his two hits for the Rockies.

Cody Bellinger was 1-for-16 in his career against Rockies starter German Marquez entering his at-bat in the fourth inning.

Led by a 2-run homer from Corey Bellinger, the Dodgers jumped all over the Rockies from the opening bell and never looked back.

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.

For Los Angeles, Kenta Maeda got two outs in the eighth inning, coming on with one out and a runner on first, and retired the two batters he faced on a groundout and strikeout. "Being able to win despite having to fight through, this is a lesson we'll carry over into the postseason", he said.

Now, the Rockies will face the Cubs at Wrigley Field Tuesday.

The Dodgers fell out of the division lead with a loss Wednesday at Arizona before taking all three from the injury-plagued Giants to close out the final weekend of the regular season.

Joc Pederson doubled to deep right-center leading off the fifth.

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Marquez gave up four runs - two earned - and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.

"I'm looking forward to the battle in Chicago", Freeland said.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a tiebreaker baseball game, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The third pre-wild-card tiebreaker victor, the 1980 Astros, lost to the Phillies in the NLCS.

Jesus Aguilar homered and drove in three runs, and host Milwaukee remained tie for first in the NL Central by pummeling Detroit.

Yelich has 109 RBIs, tied with Colorado's Nolan Arenado and two behind leader Javier Baez of the Cubs.

But bad calls are nothing new to the NFL, part and parcel with the league's decisions on everything from domestic violence to the health of its own players to fumbled responses the exercising of first amendment rights, so missing a critical call at a pivotal moment in a regular season game kind of pales in comparison.

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