Rockies rout Nats 12-0, to play at Dodgers for NL West title

DENVER (AP) The playoff-bound Colorado Rockies are headed to Los Angeles for a tiebreaking game to decide the NL West title after routing the Washington Nationals 12-0 on Sunday behind Charlie Blackmon's cycle.

Tied atop the division with the Dodgers entering the last day, the Rockies won for the ninth time in 10 games, while Los Angeles routed San Francisco 15-0 to send the season to game 163.

The one-game tiebreaker will be Monday at Dodger Stadium, and the loser goes to the Chicago Cubs or Milwaukee for Tuesday's wild-card game.

Nolan Arenado hit two of the Rockies' five homers and took over the National League lead with 37, one more than teammate Trevor Story - who also went deep. David Dahl homered for the sixth time in seven games.

Colorado (91-71), is trying for its first division title.

Blackmon finished off his first career cycle and the ninth in Rockies history with a double in the eighth. He tripled in the first, homered in the third, singled in the fifth and struck out in the sixth.

Tyler Anderson (7-9) didn't look the least bit bothered by a sore shoulder that sidelined him for about a week. He scattered four hits over 7 2/3 inninhs for his first win since July 4.

Arenado got the Rockies rolling in the first, with a two-run shot off Erick Fedde (2-4), who was starting after the Nationals elected to skip NL Cy Young Award candidate Max Scherzer. Blackmon added a two-run drive in the third.

Fedde lasted four innings and gave up four runs in place of Scherzer, who wound up with an MLB-best 300 strikeouts.

The Rockies went 19-9 in September, marking the second-most wins in the month in franchise history. The team record is 20 in 2007, when the Rockies made a late surge and beat San Diego in a play-in game to climb into the postseason. They used the momentum to propel them all the way to their only World Series appearance, where they were swept by Boston.

Before the game, Story said he planned to do sneak peeks at the large scoreboard in right field to see how the Dodgers were faring. It wasn't pretty, as Los Angeles scored early and often.

Late in the game, the fans chanted ''Beat LA! Beat LA! Beat LA!'' The only cheer louder was the one Anderson received when he was taken out.

Anderson appeared iffy for this start after complaining of shoulder soreness that led him to be bumped from his outing last Monday. He steadily progressed throughout the week.

The left-hander was 0-6 with a 6.08 ERA over his past 13 starts. But he found his command and worked out of trouble courtesy of three double plays.

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. The record is 92 turned in by the 2009 team.

The Nationals (82-80) finished with a winning record for a seventh straight season.

HARPER'S FINAL NATS AT-BAT?

Soon-to-be free agent Bryce Harper doubled in potentially his final at-bat in a Nationals uniform. He was 2 for 4 with two doubles.

Asked if Harper remains in the team's plans, general manager Mike Rizzo said: ''Of course he is in our plans. He's a guy that we would love to have.''

UP NEXT

Nationals: Open the 2019 season on March 28 against the New York Mets at Nationals Park.

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (14-10, 3.76 ERA) figures to get the start Monday in Los Angeles.

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  • W: T. Anderson (7-9)L: E. Fedde (2-4)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado 2 (37), C. Blackmon (29), T. Story (36), D. Dahl (16)
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T. Turner SS40100011.271.344.416.7600.5
B. Harper RF40200011.249.393.496.8893.5
A. Rendon 3B30000112.308.374.535.9090.5
J. Soto LF30000102.292.406.517.9231.0
M. Reynolds 1B20000112.248.328.476.8030.5
A. Sanchez 2B30100002.276.288.345.6331.0
S. Kieboom C30000012.232.322.320.642-0.5
E. Fedde P10000000.063.118.063.1800.0
T. Collins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Cordero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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K. McGowin P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Cordero in the 6th
  • b-flied out for Voth in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF53431011.289.356.501.85715.5
R. Tapia PR-RF01000000.200.259.480.7391.0
D. LeMahieu 2B41110002.278.323.431.7543.0
P. Valaika 2B00000000.156.214.246.4600.0
D. Dahl LF-CF51131022.276.326.541.8667.0
N. Arenado 3B42232100.297.374.558.93214.0
R. McMahon PR-3B00000000.232.307.376.6830.0
T. Story SS41221100.291.348.564.91211.0
G. Hampson PR-SS00000000.275.396.400.7960.0
C. Gonzalez RF50100023.278.330.470.8000.0
C. Rusin P00000000.500.500.5001.0000.0
I. Desmond 1B40000022.237.306.423.729-1.0
D. Butera 1B00000000.190.264.301.5640.0
C. Iannetta C21100200.226.347.387.7355.0
T. Anderson P21100002.100.167.100.2672.0
S. Oh P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Holliday PH00000100.288.422.442.8641.0
N. Cuevas PR-LF01000000.233.268.315.5831.0
  • a-walked for Oh in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Harper 2 (34)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Robles 2 (2), J. Soto 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (31), C. Iannetta (13)
  • 3B - C. Blackmon (7)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (29), D. Dahl (16), N. Arenado 2 (37), T. Story (36)
  • SF - D. LeMahieu (7)
  • SH - T. Anderson (6)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon 3 (70), D. LeMahieu (62), D. Dahl 3 (48), N. Arenado 3 (109), T. Story 2 (107)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado 2 (35), T. Story (57)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. LeMahieu, C. Gonzalez 2 (2), I. Desmond, T. Anderson 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - V. Robles (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Story (27)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (LeMahieu-Story-Desmond; Anderson-Desmond; Arenado-LeMahieu-Desmond)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Fedde (L, 2-4)4.05441325.541.53-1.5
T. Collins0.03330014.371.54-6.0
J. Cordero1.00001005.681.842.0
A. Voth2.02221326.571.462.5
K. McGowin1.03332105.871.43-4.5
PITCHERSIP
E. Fedde (L, 2-4)4.0
T. Collins0.0
J. Cordero1.0
A. Voth2.0
K. McGowin1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Anderson (W, 7-9)7.24003504.551.2726.5
S. Oh0.10000002.631.010.0
C. Rusin1.01000106.091.502.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Anderson (W, 7-9)7.2
S. Oh0.1
C. Rusin1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - K. McGowin (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Fedde 64-39, T. Collins 11-9, J. Cordero 21-11, A. Voth 36-22, K. McGowin 23-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Fedde 6-3, J. Cordero 1-2, A. Voth 1-2
  • Batters Faced - E. Fedde 18, T. Collins 3, J. Cordero 4, A. Voth 9, K. McGowin 8
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Anderson (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Anderson 98-66, S. Oh 5-3, C. Rusin 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Anderson 6-8, C. Rusin 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Anderson 27, S. Oh, C. Rusin 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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V. Robles CF30100002.288.348.525.8741.0
T. Turner SS40100011.271.344.416.7600.5
B. Harper RF40200011.249.393.496.8893.5
A. Rendon 3B30000112.308.374.535.9090.5
J. Soto LF30000102.292.406.517.9231.0
M. Reynolds 1B20000112.248.328.476.8030.5
A. Sanchez 2B30100002.276.288.345.6331.0
S. Kieboom C30000012.232.322.320.642-0.5
E. Fedde P10000000.063.118.063.1800.0
T. Collins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Cordero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Taylor PH10000010.227.287.357.644-0.5
A. Voth P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- W. Difo PH10000002.230.298.350.6490.0
K. McGowin P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Cordero in the 6th
  • b-flied out for Voth in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF53431011.289.356.501.85715.5
R. Tapia PR-RF01000000.200.259.480.7391.0
D. LeMahieu 2B41110002.278.323.431.7543.0
P. Valaika 2B00000000.156.214.246.4600.0
D. Dahl LF-CF51131022.276.326.541.8667.0
N. Arenado 3B42232100.297.374.558.93214.0
R. McMahon PR-3B00000000.232.307.376.6830.0
T. Story SS41221100.291.348.564.91211.0
G. Hampson PR-SS00000000.275.396.400.7960.0
C. Gonzalez RF50100023.278.330.470.8000.0
C. Rusin P00000000.500.500.5001.0000.0
I. Desmond 1B40000022.237.306.423.729-1.0
D. Butera 1B00000000.190.264.301.5640.0
C. Iannetta C21100200.226.347.387.7355.0
T. Anderson P21100002.100.167.100.2672.0
S. Oh P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Holliday PH00000100.288.422.442.8641.0
N. Cuevas PR-LF01000000.233.268.315.5831.0
Total3512131255712-----
  • a-walked for Oh in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Harper 2 (34)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Robles 2 (2), J. Soto 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (31), C. Iannetta (13)
  • 3B - C. Blackmon (7)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (29), D. Dahl (16), N. Arenado 2 (37), T. Story (36)
  • SF - D. LeMahieu (7)
  • SH - T. Anderson (6)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon 3 (70), D. LeMahieu (62), D. Dahl 3 (48), N. Arenado 3 (109), T. Story 2 (107)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado 2 (35), T. Story (57)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. LeMahieu, C. Gonzalez 2 (2), I. Desmond, T. Anderson 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - V. Robles (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Story (27)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (LeMahieu-Story-Desmond; Anderson-Desmond; Arenado-LeMahieu-Desmond)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Fedde (L, 2-4)4.05441325.541.53-1.5
T. Collins0.03330014.371.54-6.0
J. Cordero1.00001005.681.842.0
A. Voth2.02221326.571.462.5
K. McGowin1.03332105.871.43-4.5
Total8.0131212575---
PITCHERSIP
E. Fedde (L, 2-4)4.0
T. Collins0.0
J. Cordero1.0
A. Voth2.0
K. McGowin1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Anderson (W, 7-9)7.24003504.551.2726.5
S. Oh0.10000002.631.010.0
C. Rusin1.01000106.091.502.5
Total9.0500360---
PITCHERSIP
T. Anderson (W, 7-9)7.2
S. Oh0.1
C. Rusin1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - K. McGowin (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Fedde 64-39, T. Collins 11-9, J. Cordero 21-11, A. Voth 36-22, K. McGowin 23-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Fedde 6-3, J. Cordero 1-2, A. Voth 1-2
  • Batters Faced - E. Fedde 18, T. Collins 3, J. Cordero 4, A. Voth 9, K. McGowin 8
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Anderson (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Anderson 98-66, S. Oh 5-3, C. Rusin 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Anderson 6-8, C. Rusin 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Anderson 27, S. Oh, C. Rusin 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Story singled to center, Tapia scored, McMahon to second012
    LeMahieu hit sacrifice fly to left, Cuevas scored011
    Blackmon doubled to deep right, Iannetta scored, Cuevas to third010
  • 7TH INNING
    Story homered to center09
    Arenado homered to left08
  • 5TH INNING
    Dahl homered to left, Blackmon and LeMahieu scored07
  • 3RD INNING
    Blackmon homered to right, Anderson scored04
  • 1ST INNING
    Arenado homered to left, Blackmon scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Chris Rusin pitching
    • Pat Valaika at second base
    • Drew Butera at first base
    • T. Turner: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Harper doubled to deep right
    • A. Rendon: Rendon grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Ball, Soto grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • A. Sanchez: Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez singled to left, Reynolds to second
    • S. Kieboom: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Kieboom struck out swinging
    • Wilmer Difo hit for Austin Voth
    • W. Difo: Difo flied out to deep right, Reynolds to third
    • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Tyler Anderson
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Robles flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle McGowin pitching
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Iannetta doubled to deep left
    • Matt Holliday hit for Seung-Hwan Oh
    • M. Holliday: Ball, Ball, Iannetta to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Holliday walked
    • Noel Cuevas ran for Matt Holliday
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon doubled to deep right, Iannetta scored, Cuevas to third
    • Raimel Tapia ran for Charlie Blackmon
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu hit sacrifice fly to left, Cuevas scored
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Ball, Dahl fouled out to left
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • Ryan McMahon ran for Nolan Arenado
    • T. Story: Ball, Story singled to center, Tapia scored, McMahon to second
    • Garrett Hampson ran for Trevor Story
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Soto grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Voth Pitching:
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike looking, Dahl flied out to center
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Arenado homered to left
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Story homered to center
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Michael Taylor hit for Jimmy Cordero
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Robles hit by pitch
    • T. Turner: Turner grounded out to second, Robles out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Austin Voth pitching
    • C. Iannetta: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Iannetta walked
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Anderson hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Iannetta to second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • A. Sanchez: Foul, Sanchez lined out to center
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Kieboom fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tim Collins relieved Erick Fedde
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blackmon reached on an infield single to second
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, LeMahieu singled to center, Blackmon to second
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Dahl homered to left, Blackmon and LeMahieu scored
    • Jimmy Cordero relieved Tim Collins
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Arenado lined out to third
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Story walked
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Story stole second, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to left
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Turner grounded out to third
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Harper doubled to deep center
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rendon popped out to second
    • J. Soto: Ball, Soto flied out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Fedde Pitching:
    • T. Story: Foul, Story lined out to right
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez reached on an infield single to second
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Iannetta walked, Gonzalez to second
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kieboom grounded out to third
    • E. Fedde: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Fedde grounded out to shortstop
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Robles fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Fedde Pitching:
    • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson singled to left
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon homered to right, Anderson scored
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Arenado grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soto walked, Rendon to second
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds flied out to deep left
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Sanchez lined out to pitcher, Soto out at first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Fedde Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Desmond grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Iannetta flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Robles singled to center
    • T. Turner: Pickoff attempt, Robles picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop, Strike looking, Turner reached on an infield single to third
    • B. Harper: Harper grounded out to shortstop, Turner out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Fedde Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon tripled to deep right
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu grounded out to third
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado homered to left, Blackmon scored
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Foul, Story lined out to right
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)