Rockies join postseason party, clinch final NL wild-card spot | MLB

The Rockies were all geared up Saturday for an important showdown against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. Instead, Colorado found itself in the postseason before the game even started.

When the Brewers lost an early 6-0 lead to eventually fall 7-6 to the Cardinals, the Rockies were able to celebrate their first trip back to the postseason since 2009.

Kershaw lasted just four innings Saturday, allowing three earned runs in the process, but the Dodgers still rallied for a 5-3 win over the Rockies. 

Rockies players could not have cared less.

The Rockies will head to Arizona on Wednesday to play their division rivals in the NL wild-card game.

In other postseason news, the Indians (101-60) wrapped up the top American League seed, but their 2-1 loss to the White Sox on Saturday gave the Dodgers (103-58) the best record in baseball this season and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

Studs of the Night

Mookie Betts went 2 for 3 with a home run (24), three runs scored and a walk to help the Red Sox clinch the AL East with a 6-3 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 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases (60), raising his average to .308 this season in a 10-2 win over the Braves. 

Kyle Schwarber bashed his 30th home run, and Jon Lester tossed five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in a 9-0 win over the Reds.

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Duds of the Night

The Brewers: It doesn’t get much worse than blowing a six-run lead to knock yourself out of postseason contention.

Highlight

Rangers slugger Joey Gallo jacked two home runs (40, 41) in an 8-4 win over the Athletics. 

What’s Next

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 let Robbie Ray (15-5, 2.86 ERA) stay in the game against the Royals with a possible postseason start looming.

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