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DENVER—Jesus Aguilar, Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0 in Game 3 on Sunday, Oct. 7, in Denver to sweep a National League Division Series. The Brewers move onto the NL Championship Series, where they will host Game 1 on Friday, Oct. 12, against either the Dodgers or the Braves. Los Angeles led that series 2-0 with Game 3 scheduled for later Sunday at Atlanta.
LOS ANGELES—Clayton Kershaw went eight shutout innings, and Manny Machado and Yasmani Grandal hit home runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers took a commanding lead in the National League Division Series with a 3-0 victory Friday, Oct. 5, over the visiting Atlanta Braves. It was the Dodgers' second consecutive shutout in the series after earning a 6-0 victory in Game 1 on Thursday, Oct. 4. Los Angeles will go for the sweep Sunday, Oct. 7, at Atlanta as it aims for its third consecutive NL Championship Series.
MILWAUKEE—Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin and four relievers combined on a six-hitter Friday afternoon, Oct. 5, as the host Milwaukee Brewers rode dominant pitching to a second straight low-scoring win in the National League Division Series, 4-0 over the Colorado Rockies. With the home team having prevailed in a pair of indoor pitchers' duels, the scene shifts to hitter-friendly Denver for Game 3 in the best-of-5 series on Sunday.
HOUSTON—Alex Bregman slugged his fifth career postseason home run and Justin Verlander delivered a strong start for the Houston Astros, who claimed Game 1 of their American League Division Series against the visiting Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Friday, Oct. 5. Bregman was the first of four Astros to smack solo home runs, with George Springer and Jose Altuve adding back-to-back homers in the fifth inning off Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (0-1). Catcher Martin Maldonado added a leadoff homer to ignite the Astros' two-run seventh.
CHICAGO — Backup catcher Tony Wolters drilled a two-out, two-strike RBI single to center field to score Trevor Story with the eventual winning run in the 13th inning Tuesday night, Oct. 2, and the Colorado Rockies outlasted the host Chicago Cubs 2-1 in the National League wild-card game. By winning the longest winner-take-all playoff game in major league history, the Rockies earned the right to face the top-seeded Milwaukee Brewers in the best-of-five NL Division Series beginning Thursday, Oct. 4, in Wisconsin.
LOS ANGELES -- Walker Buehler dominated over 6 2/3 innings, while Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy hit home runs, as the Los Angeles Dodgers won their sixth consecutive division title with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Colorado Rockies on Monday, Oct. 1, in a National League West tiebreaker game. Game No. 163 was scheduled for the Rockies and Dodgers after they each finished the 162-game schedule with identical 91-71 records.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota United may not make the MLS playoffs, but their 2-1 home win over the New York City Football Club on Saturday night, Sept. 29, shows the team is not going down without a fight. Minnesota (12-16-3, 36 points) kept its slim playoff hopes alive with yet another home win as they moved to 10-4-1 at home. After Saturday's result, Minnesota still sits nine points out of the final playoff spot. NYCFC (15-9-8, 53 points) already had locked up a playoff spot and elected to rest some players, including international star David Villa.
MINNEAPOLIS—Johnny Field doubled and singled in a six-run second inning Saturday night, Sept. 29, propelling the Minnesota Twins to an 8-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. It was the fifth straight win for the Twins. Right-hander Kyle Gibson (10-13) became a double-digit winner for the fourth time in the last five seasons, limiting the White Sox to one run and three hits in six innings. The White Sox (62-99) need a win Sunday, Sept. 30, to avoid losing 100 games for the first time since they finished 56-106 in 1970.
MINNEAPOLIS — Johnny Field had the first multi-homer game of his career, Jorge Polanco supplied a three-run triple and the Minnesota Twins handed Paul Molitor his 300th managerial win by pounding the Detroit Tigers 11-4 on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Minneapolis. Field homered in his first two at-bats and drove in three runs. Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer, and Chris Gimenez also knocked in two runs. Robbie Grossman added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Christin Stewart led Detroit's offense with a run scored and two RBIs.
OAKLAND, Calif.—The Oakland Athletics recorded their second consecutive walk-off win Saturday night, Sept. 22, scoring the game-ending run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on a wild pitch by Minnesota Twins reliever Trevor Hildenberger in a 3-2 win. The result lowered Oakland's magic number for clinching an American League playoff spot to one. A win by the A's (91-64) on Sunday or a loss by the Tampa Bay Rays (86-68) at Toronto would assure Oakland's first trip to the playoffs since 2014.