Dodgers, Brewers Claim Tiebreakers
Rookie Walker Buehler tossed one-hit ball into the seventh inning, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy slugged two-run homers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to earn a record sixth consecutive NL West title in a tiebreaker game.
That sets up a wild-card showdown tonight between the Rockies and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Jon Lester will start for the Cubs.
The Dodgers are the first team to win six straight division titles since the Yankees captured nine AL East titles in from 1998-2006.
Los Angeles hosts Atlanta in the NL Division Series beginning Thursday.
Milwaukee 3, Chicago 1
Lorenzo Cain hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, Christian Yelich collected three more hits and the Milwaukee Brewers won the NL Central title by downing the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Monday in a high-stakes tiebreaker game.
Milwaukee trailed Chicago by as many as five games in September, but it pushed the season to an extra day with a furious finish and then used its deep lineup and bullpen to outlast the playoff-tested Cubs. Orlando Arcia, batting in the eighth slot, had a career-high four hits, and Josh Hader closed out another dominant relief performance.
It’s the first NL Central title for Milwaukee since its previous postseason appearance in 2011 and the Brewers will face the winner of today’s wild-card contest.