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Rockies blank Dodgers behind stellar night from Nicasio

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LOS ANGELES -- Juan Nicasio outdueled Zack Greinke for his first victory in six starts and Nolan Arenado had an RBI double, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 1-0 victory over the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

It was only the fifth shutout win for the Rockies.

Colorado right fielder Michael Cuddyer spent the game on the bench with his .333 average. Atlanta's Chris Johnson went 0 for 4 and slipped to .321 - effectively locking up Cuddyer's first batting title in 13 big league seasons with one game remaining.

Cuddyer is the sixth player in Rockies history to win a batting crown, joining Andres Galarraga, Todd Helton, Matt Holliday, Carlos Gonzalez and three-time winner Larry Walker.

Nicasio (9-9) allowed three hits over 5 1-3 innings and struck out seven while winning for the first time since Aug. 26 against San Francisco.

Adam Octavio followed Josh Outman out of the bullpen in the sixth, retiring Juan Uribe on a foul pop and Scott Van Slyke on a fly ball with the bases loaded. Rex Brothers, the sixth Rockies pitcher, got four outs for his 18th save in 20 chances.

Troy Tulowitzki doubled with one out in the fourth and scored on Arenado's two-out double to left-center.

Greinke (15-4) allowed a run and four hits through six innings. He struck out seven and did not allow a walk in his 300th major league game.

The right-hander lost for the first time in eight decisions since July 25 and finished his first regular season as a Dodger with a 2.63 ERA in 28 starts. He is scheduled to start Game 2 of the Division Series.

With Andre Ethier's status for the playoffs already in doubt because of shin splints, three other high-profile Dodger outfielders also were missing from the lineup.

Center fielder Matt Kemp was a late scratch because of left ankle soreness, and Carl Crawford was rested by manager Don Mattingly. Rookie Yasiel Puig, who fouled a pitch hard off his left shin and left Friday's game after five innings, pinch-hit in the seventh and struck out.

NOTES: Greinke is averaging 1.86 walks per nine innings in his past 16 starts, after tying a career worst with seven bases on balls at Colorado on July 3. He finished with 19 hits, the most by a Dodgers pitcher since 1993, when Orel Hershiser was 26 for 73. ... Kershaw was presented with the team's eighth annual Roy Campanella Award by former manager Tommy Lasorda before the game.

 
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Colorado starter Juan Nicasio outduels the Dodgers' Zack Greinke for his first victory in six starts. (USATSI)
Colorado starter Juan Nicasio outduels the Dodgers' Zack Greinke for his first victory in six starts. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

Z. Greinke
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 0
K 7
Colorado

J. Nicasio
IP 5.1
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 7
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, RF4010010 .306
Charlie Culberson, LF4000022 .292
Corey Dickerson, CF4000010 .263
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4110010 .312
Todd Helton, 1B4000011 .249
Nolan Arenado, 3B4021000 .270
Jordan Pacheco, C3010012 .235
Jonathan Herrera, 2B2000100 .289
Juan Nicasio, P2000021 .139
   Josh Outman, P0000000 .000
   Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .111
   a-Josh Rutledge, PH1000002 .235
   Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   Chad Bettis, P0000000 .000
   Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
Totals3215119  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Ottavino in the 7th
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (27, Greinke), Nolan Arenado (29, Greinke)
RBI - Nolan Arenado (52)
2-OUT RBI - Nolan Arenado (26)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Jonathan Herrera (5, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Juan Nicasio (W,9-9) 5.1300170 5.14
Josh Outman 0000100 4.33
Adam Ottavino (H,7) 0.2000000 2.68
Matt Belisle (H,24) 1000020 4.32
Chad Bettis (H,2) 0.2000110 5.77
Rex Brothers (S,18) 1.1000110 1.76
Pitches-Strikes - Juan Nicasio 103-65, Josh Outman 4-0, Adam Ottavino 4-4, Matt Belisle 11-9, Chad Bettis 9-5, Rex Brothers 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Nicasio 7-3, Matt Belisle 1-0, Rex Brothers 2-1
Batters Faced - Juan Nicasio 21, Josh Outman 1, Adam Ottavino 2, Matt Belisle 3, Chad Bettis 3, Rex Brothers 5
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Skip Schumaker, CF4000010 .263
A.J. Ellis, C4000030 .237
Hanley Ramirez, SS3010100 .345
   Dee Gordon, PR-SS0000000 .237
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3000101 .295
Juan Uribe, 3B3010103 .278
Scott Van Slyke, LF3000125 .236
Michael Young, 2B4010011 .281
Nick Buss, RF3000012 .105
   a-Mark Ellis, PH1000001 .270
Zack Greinke, P2000020 .328
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   b-Yasiel Puig, PH1000010 .321
   Paco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals31030411  
a-grounded out for Buss in the 9th
b-struck out for Belisario in the 7th
Batting
2B - Juan Uribe (22, Nicasio), Michael Young (26, Nicasio)
Team LOB - 8
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke (L,15-4) 6411070 2.63
Ronald Belisario 1100100 3.97
Paco Rodriguez 1000020 2.32
Brian Wilson 1000000 0.68
IBB - Herrera by Ronald Belisario
WP - Ronald Belisario (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 90-65, Ronald Belisario 23-13, Paco Rodriguez 12-8, Brian Wilson 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 7-4, Ronald Belisario 2-1, Paco Rodriguez 1-0, Brian Wilson 2-1
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 22, Ronald Belisario 5, Paco Rodriguez 3, Brian Wilson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 52879
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - James Hoye