Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

NL Central tiebreaker game set for Monday

NL Central tiebreaker game set for Monday

Pitching in 90-degree heat, Buehler was oh-so-cool in closing out a regular season that ended with Game 163 after both teams had identical records of 91-71.

Because the Cubs and Brewers are tied for the NL lead with 95 wins, the victor at Wrigley Field will earn home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs and host the victor of the wild-card game in the NLDS.

The victor advances to host the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the opener of the best-of-five Division Series on Thursday and the loser settles for playing in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday at the Milwaukee Brewers or the Chicago Cubs. It was a near tie between the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals.

Anderson is coming off two strong starts, the last September 19 at Los Angeles when he held the Dodgers to three hits and two runs in six innings of a no-decision as the Rockies lost 5-2. Marquez will oppose rookie right-hander Walker Buehler (7-5, 2.76), who has faced the Rockies five times this season.

The playoff-bound Colorado Rockies are headed to Los Angeles for a tiebreaking game to decide the division crown after routing the Washington Nationals 12-0 on Sunday behind Blackmon's cycle.

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First baseman Max Muncy followed with another two-run homer off of Marquez in the fifth to help the Dodgers put the game out of reach.

So the Dodgers win the N.L. west for a record sixth time in a row.

The game started with a lighter crowd than anticipated as typical Los Angeles traffic prevented fans from getting to the game until the 3rd inning. As the punchless Rockies discovered on a hot Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, Buehler might already be there.

Blackmon led off the bottom of the first inning against the Nationals with a triple and came around to score on a two-run home run by Nolan Arenado. 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. They have a unsafe top end of their lineup with the likes of Freeman and Markakis, as every playoff team will, but the Dodgers will be a heavy favorite with an overwhelming lineup top-to-bottom.

CHICAGO (AP) - Anthony Rizzo had four hits and scored three times, and Chicago set up a tiebreaker game for the NL Central title. He beat out an infield single in the fourth while going 4 of 5 on the day. Allen Webster (1-0) got two outs to close the third inning, earning his first major league win since 2015. 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.

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