Buehler helps Dodgers win NL West by beating Rockies

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A one-sided loss Saturday night left the Colorado Rockies tied for first place with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, which may or may not be decided Sunday when the regular season is scheduled to end.

The rookie right-hander dominated the Rockies for 6 ⅔ innings in the National League West division tiebreaker game at Dodger Stadium. The loser will play either the Cubs or the Brewers in the NL Wild Card Game. After Manny Machado and Yasmani Grandal struck out, Bellinger connected on a 1-0 pitch from German Marquez (14-11). On the offensive side, the Dodgers have not been consistent at all this year but over the course of the last few games, there have been reasons to believe that they will turn it around for the postseason.

Buehler tossed one-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy launched two-run homers to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2 in a tiebreaker on Monday.

He may be cocky, but the 24-year-old backed it up on the field, helping the Dodgers secure their sixth straight NL West title.

A Rockies win will be the team's first-ever division crown.

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.

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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. As the punchless Rockies discovered on a hot Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, Buehler might already be there.

Blackmon tripled in the first inning then homered in the third, crossing off two of the toughest parts of the cycle. The 24-year-old Kentucky native, who owns 148 strikeouts over 130 2/3 innings, held Arizona to two runs over six innings in his last start and has lost only once since August 1 - at Colorado on September 8.

The homers gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead and plenty of breathing room for Buehler.

But Walker Buehler took all the wind out of the Rockies sails with a stellar performance that kept Colorado off the board until the final inning.

Technically, it's still the regular season, but the calendar has turned to October and, as all baseball fans know, anything can happen in October and the MLB playoffs. He even added an RBI single in the sixth. The Dodgers closed out the season with 25 victories in their last 35 games. He's had three previous match-ups with the Dodgers this season, going 2-0 with 22 strikeouts and giving up six earned runs in 21 innings pitched.

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