Dodgers rout Giants, head to NL West tiebreaker vs Rockies

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The victor will clinch the division title, a spot in the National League Division Series and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, while the loser will play in the NL Wild Game Game on Tuesday night.

The loser will play either the Cubs or Brewers in the NL Wild Card Game, who, guess what, will also be playing a Game 163 Monday for the NL Central title. Max Muncy leads the Dodgers with 33 home runs this season, but the Dodgers have blasted 230 home runs as a team. Instead, the teams enter Sunday tied atop the division.

As opposed to Saturday, when they had already showered and headed back to the hotel before the Rockies took the field, the Dodgers will get a chance to do scoreboard-watching on equal terms Sunday.

The Dodgers clinched baseball's final playoff berth by beating the Giants 10-6 on Saturday and celebrated with champagne in the visiting clubhouse - then all attention turned to winning another division crown. All major league games have approximately the same starting time - a little after noon PT - on the final day of the regular season.

Colorado was held to just four hits, half of which didn't even come until the ninth frame when Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story hit back-to-back solo home runs off closer Kenley Jansen.

As I am writing this, the Dodgers are up 14-0 over the Giants.

For the Dodgers, they will send Walker Buehler to the mound and with no disrespect to Clayton Kershaw, Buehler has been the Dodgers best pitcher this season.

After moving to Los Angeles, the Dodgers did win a best-of-three series against the Milwaukee Braves for the 1959 pennant, but three years later, it was the Giants again who stood in the way. Yasiel Puig helped the Dodgers earn a 5-2 win when these two teams last met on September 19.

He also lost a 3-1 decision in LA in June when Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez took him deep. Each team has won nine times.

Yelich turned on an 0-1 pitch from left-hander Daniel Stumpf (1-5) and lined it into the second deck in right to break a 5-all tie in the seventh inning, sending the Brewers to a sixth straight win.

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