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Dodgers claim NL West title, Kenta Maeda contributes in relief

Dodgers claim NL West title, Kenta Maeda contributes in relief

Rookie Walker Buehler (8-5) tossed one-hit ball into the seventh inning to set the pace for the Dodgers who were rewarded with home-field advantage, while Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy each hit a two-run homer, both off German Marquez (14-11), in the fourth and fifth. They have now won the West in each of the last six seasons. He completely shut down the Rockies lineup, allowing just one hit in 6.2 scoreless innings.

The victor of the Cubs-Brewers tiebreaker will host the wild-card victor in the best-of-five-game National League Division Series, starting Thursday.

The victor of the Dodgers-Rockies tiebreaker will play the Atlanta Braves in the NL division series.

The last time a Rockie hit for the cycle was Nolan Arenado on June 18, 2017 when he walked off the San Francisco Giants to finish the feat and provide one of the most memorable endings in Rockies history.

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

Anderson put forth arguably his best performance of the season Sunday afternoon, logging 7 2/3 innings pitched, allowing four hits while striking out five batters on 98 pitches.

Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon follows the flight of his RBI-double off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Kyle McGowin in the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Denver.

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Bellinger blasted a fastball from Marquez over the right-field fence to put the Dodgers ahead 2-0.

The Rockies added to their lead in the fourth inning where Anderson helped his own cause with leadoff single.

The Rockies have still yet to win a division title.

The Rockies entered game 163 with a chance to change that, but they came up short.

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

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