Kershaw sings Buehler's praises after win: 'He's got big balls'

NL Central tiebreaker game set for Monday

Tiebreakers have been perilous for Dodgers

We can spend all day predicting who is going to win this game and the NL West but, at the end of the day, this is the Dodgers and the Rockies; two teams who have had their share of struggles this season, but find themselves facing each other in a regular-season tiebreaker. The Washington Nationals buried the Rockies 12-2 Saturday, ending their season-high eight-game winning streak.

If they want to continue playing in the postseason, the Rockies now have to play the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field tomorrow night - in Game 164 - to win the Wild Card. Game 163, as it turned out, was a big letdown for the Rockies, who have still not won a division title in their 26 years of existence.

Buehler is 7-5 with a 2.76 ERA and 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA in five starts against Colorado.

The Dodgers are facing off Monday afternoon with the Colorado Rockies in a tie-breaker game at Dodger Stadium to determine the National League West champion.

Blackmon tripled in the first, homered in the third and singled in the fifth to help Colorado make quick work of the Nationals and force an extra game for the division crown.

Blackmon finished his first career cycle and the ninth in Rockies history with a double in the eighth.

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

The Brewers and Dodgers both entered the final weekend of the regular season a game out of first place. Buehler's incredible performance should give the team confidence that the 24-year old will be a reliable piece to the postseason roster, rounding out a three-man rotation consisting of Kershaw, Ryu, and Buehler in that order.

The Rockies countered with one - count 'em - one hit off Buehler, a single by Charlie Blackmon to break up Buehler's no-hitter in the sixth.

The last team to win a tiebreaker game and go on to win the World Series is the 1978 Yankees.

Arenado got the Rockies rolling in the first, with a two-run shot off Erick Fedde (2-4), who was starting after the Nationals elected to skip NL Cy Young Award candidate Max Scherzer.

Bellinger is starting in center field and batting sixth against German Marquez. Allen Webster (1-0) got two outs to close the third inning, earning his first major league win since 2015.

There have been five complete-game victories in one-game tiebreakers.

Bellinger got the Dodgers' offense going with a two-run home run in the fourth inning, his 25th of the season. CarGo has had a nice bounce-back season after last year's season to forget.

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