Rockies’ Blackmon hits for cycle against Nationals


The Dodgers will host the Rockies for the NL West tiebreaker on Monday at 4:09 p.m. ET after both teams finished the regular season with identical 91-71 records. The Dodgers were named the hosts due to their head-to-head record against the Rockies this season, going 12-7 with 6 of those wins being at home.

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.

If the Dodgers lose, they will be the league's second wild card team and play Tuesday in the wild card at the loser of Monday's NL Central tiebreaker between the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

Cody Bellinger was 1-for-16 in his career against Rockies starter German Marquez entering his at-bat in the fourth inning. Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez are each 3-for-10 against Buehler, who is 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA in five starts versus Colorado in 2018.

It wasn't the first time Major League Baseball needed to add an extra contest to its 162-game schedule to decide which team would be a division champ.

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

Of Colorado's 12 runs, three were driven in by Blackmon.

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Buehler's only slip-up came on the field after the game when he let loose with an inadvertent expletive, having been handed the mic after fans demanded to hear from him. Los Angeles is set to take on the Braves in the NLDS.

Jack Flaherty (8-9) cruised into the third inning with a 2-0 lead and retired the first two batters, but the next six hitters reached, producing four runs.

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 Dodgers played their first tiebreaker since 1980, when they lost to Houston for the division title. The 24-year-old was brilliant, allowing just one hit over 6.2 shutout innings. "We need this the whole (bleeping) playoffs", Buehler said on the field during the celebration after the game, apologizing for the profanity.

The Rockies forced their way into that playoff for the NL West title by routing Washington 12-0 on Sunday.

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

J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning, and host Boston concluded the best regular season in team history with a victory over NY.