Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy power Dodgers to division-clinching win

Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy power Dodgers to division-clinching win

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler pitched like a seasoned vet with ice in his veins during a victory over the Colorado Rockies in Monday's NL West tiebreaker.

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.

And the payoff is huge as the Brew Crew goes back to Milwaukee to rest while the Cubs get right back at it today with a win-or-you're out wild card game, but they at least don't have to travel to play it. The Cubs and Rockies both suffered losses Saturday to allow their division rivals to grab a share of the lead in their respective divisions.

Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler and the bullpen maintained a shutout through eight innings, with the Rockies able to squeak out a couple of runs in the final inning. Milwaukee swept the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles swept a three-game series in San Francisco. He even added an RBI single in the sixth.

Joc Pederson will replace Chris Taylor in left field and lead off, followed by Justin Turner, Max Muncy and Manny Machado.

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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. But one bad break, one bad pitch, and one phenomenal swing drove him out of the game early.

Finally, in the top of the ninth inning, Colorado scored.

The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers, just like the Cubs and Brewers, have to play a Game 163 to decide the division winners and who will play in the NL Wild Card tomorrow.

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. 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. The last NL player to win the Triple Crown was Joe Medwick in 1937 for the Cardinals. A sixth straight division title by the Dodgers would be the third-longest streak since divisions started in 1969 behind Atlanta's 14 consecutive from 1991-2005 and nine in a row by the Yankees from 1998-2006. He is hitting.323 in his first season with Milwaukee, locking up the first batting title in Brewers' history. He has 109 RBIs, two behind leader Javier Baez of the Cubs, and Yelich's 36 home runs are one behind Nolan Arenado of the Rockies.

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