"At this point, I think everybody understands the magnitude of the game", said Rockies slugger Matt Holliday, whose team trails the season series 12-7.
The victor advances to host the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the opener of the best-of-five Division Series on Thursday and the loser settles for playing in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday at the Milwaukee Brewers or the Chicago Cubs. The Rockies will play the Chicago Cubs in the wild-card game on Tuesday.
In Sunday's game, Yelich went 0 for 2 with two walks and scored twice.
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The Dodgers became the first team to win six consecutive division titles since the New York Yankees won nine consecutive American League East titles from 1998-2006. Kemp had a two-run double and RBI single among his three hits. Travis Shaw added a solo homer for Milwaukee, which finished the 162-game schedule on a seven-game winning streak.
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Assuming Nolan Arenado doesn't hit 12 in Colorado's playoff game Monday, Oakland's Khris Davis will be this year's major league home run leader with 48.
Walker Buehler will be the Dodgers starting pitcher. Los Angeles is set to take on the Braves in the NLDS.
For Los Angeles, Kenta Maeda got two outs in the eighth inning, coming on with one out and a runner on first, and retired the two batters he faced on a groundout and strikeout.
The Dodgers played their first tiebreaker since 1980, when they lost to Houston for the division title.
Buehler (8-5) did not give up a hit until Charlie Blackmon singled with one out in the sixth inning. He allowed only one hit over 6 2/3 innings and even drove in a run of his own at the plate.
Arenado and Story hit back-to-back homers in the seventh to help the Rockies earn their 91st win of the season, which is the second-most in team history.
Asked if he knew he was going to win Monday's game, Buehler said, "I won't say 'Yes.' (pause) But, yes".