Rockies join postseason party, clinch final NL wildcard spot
The Rockies were all geared up for an important showdown against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. Instead, Colorado found themselves in the MLB postseason before the game even started.
When the Atlanta Brewers lost an early 6-0 lead to eventually fall 7-6 to the St Louis Cardinals, the Rockies wereÂ able to celebrate their first trip back to the playoffs since 2009.
All-Star Kershaw lasted just four innings on Saturday, allowing three earned runs in the process, but the DodgersÂ still rallied for a 5-3 win over the Rockies.Â
Rockies players could not have cared less.
The Rockies will head to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday to play their division rivals in the National League (NL) wildcard game.
In other postseason news, the Cleveland Indians (101-60) wrapped up the top American League (AL) seed, but their 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox gave the Dodgers (103-58) the best record in baseball this season and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Boston Red Sox 6-3 Houston Astros
Chicago Cubs 9-0 Cincinnati Reds
St Louis Cardinals 7-6 Milwaukee Brewers
Philadelphia Phillies 4-7 New York Mets
Miami Marlins 10-2 Atlanta Braves
Cleveland Indians 1-2 Chicago White Sox
Texas Rangers 8-4 Oakland Athletics
Los Angeles Angels 4-6 Seattle Mariners
New York Yankees 2-1 Toronto Blue Jays
San Francisco Giants 2-3 San Diego Padres
Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Baltimore Orioles
Washington Nationals 1-4 Pittsburgh Pirates
Minnesota Twins 2-3 Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals 4-3 Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies 3-5 Los Angeles Dodgers
BETTS LIFTS RED SOX
Mookie Betts went two for three with a home run (24), three runs scored and a walk to help the Red Sox clinch the AL East with a win over the Astros. Drew Pomeranz (17-6) allowed just one run in six innings.
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon became the fourth player to reach 200 hits this season. He went threeÂ for fourÂ with two runsÂ scored and two stolen bases (60),Â raising his average to .308Â this season.
Kyle Schwarber bashed his 30th home run, and Jon Lester tossed five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts against the Reds.
It does not get much worse than blowing a six-run lead to knock yourself out ofÂ postseason contention.
GALLO CELEBRATES HOMER NO.41
Rangers slugger Joey Gallo jacked two home runs (40, 41) in a win over the Athletics.Â
PLAYOFFS LOOM IN MLB
With the postseason all set, there are no key matchups in store for the last day of MLB's regular season. It will be interesting to see how long the Diamondbacks letÂ Robbie Ray (15-5, 2.86 ERA) stay in the game against the Royals with a possible playoff start looming.