Dodgers Dominate Rockies to Take NL West Crown

Arnold Nichols
October 4, 2018

Bellinger got the Dodgers' offense going with a two-run home run in the fourth inning, his 25th of the season. They have now won the West in each of the last six seasons.

Rockies' starting pitcher Tyler Anderson managed to escape the first inning unscathed with just four pitches despite allowing two singles.

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.

The victor of the Dodgers-Rockies game will host the first two games of the National League Division series against the East Division victor Atlanta Braves.

The 24-year-old right hander was brilliant for Los Angeles in game 163.

Kershaw isn't the only one on the squad celebrating Buehler's poise. The Dodgers don't have too much of a tough task ahead of them in the San Francisco Giants, but should their division rivals succeed in playing spoilers, Colorado has a good chance to take the division against Erick Fedde, who owns an ERA over 5.00 this season.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen surrendered home runs to Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story in the ninth before he retired the next three hitters to secure the win.

Marquez is 14-10 with a 3.76 ERA and 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in five starts against the Dodgers.

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

The Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon completed a cycle by hitting an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday.

Colorado have made the playoffs four times since they entered Major League Baseball as an expansion team in 1993.

The Rockies have had playoff success despite never winning their division.

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