3 takeaways from the Dodgers win over the Rockies

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Teams that look to carry over the offensive production from their final regular-season contests clash when the Colorado Rockies visit the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday afternoon for a one-game playoff to decide the National League West title.

The rookie right-hander dominated the Rockies for 6 ⅔ innings in the National League West division tiebreaker game at Dodger Stadium. The victor of Monday's matchup will clinch the division title and advance to National League Divisional Series against the Braves with home-field advantage. In the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers finished with identical 95-67 records. The Rockies will counter with German Marquez, who struck out eight straight to begin his last start.

Walker Buehler (2.62 ERA) capped off an excellent debut season by pitching 6 2/3 shutout innings yesterday; Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger hit their 35th and 25th home runs of the season, respectively, and the Dodgers finish the season 92-71.

With the Colorado Rockies needing a win Sunday to keep their NL West title hopes alive, star outfielder Charlie Blackmon certainly did his part. He last pitched September 23 and came away with a no-decision in Washington's 8-6 loss to the New York Mets after giving up five hits, four walks and three runs in 3 1/3 innings with two strikeouts.

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Nolan Arenado hit two of the Rockies' five homers and took over the National League lead with 37, one more than teammate Trevor Story - who also went deep.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Justin Turner and free-swinging Los Angeles are headed for a one-game showdown against Colorado, jumping on San Francisco from the start in a win for a weekend sweep. They can take this game.

Los Angeles bombed Giants starter Andrew Suarez (7-13) for two runs in the first inning, then added seven more in the third against Suarez and reliever Hunter Strickland.

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

Even though it's October, Monday's tiebreaker game is considered a regular-season game.

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. 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. The 91-year-old Hall of Famer, who managed the club to its last World Series title in 1988, wore goggles to protect his eyes from the spray of alcohol.

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