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LA Dodgers at Colorado
When: 8:10 PM ET, Saturday, September 30, 2017
Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Rockies attempt to cement their spot in the postseason when they host the National League West-champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. Colorado reduced its magic number for clinching the second wild-card spot to one with Friday's 9-1 victory.

Trevor Story finished a double shy of the cycle and Nolan Arenado also recorded three hits as the Rockies launched four homers en route to remaining two games ahead of Milwaukee with two to play. Charlie Blackmon drove in three runs to raise his total to 103 RBIs on the season - including a major league-record 102 from the leadoff spot in the lineup, breaking the mark of 100 set in 2000 by Darin Erstad of the Anaheim Angels. After outscoring its opponents 31-6 during a four-game winning streak, Los Angeles was limited to one on six singles in Friday's loss. Justin Turner notched two of them and plated the lone run for the Dodgers (102-58), who need one victory to set a new Los Angeles-era record.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, SportsNet LA (Los Angeles), AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Colorado)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Clayton Kershaw (18-4, 2.21 ERA) vs. Rockies RH German Marquez (11-7, 4.38)

Kershaw looks to win consecutive turns for the first time since returning from a back injury that sidelined him for over a month as he gets in his final tune-up before starting Game 1 of the NL Division Series next Friday. The 29-year-old Texan worked eight strong innings in a win over San Francisco on Sunday, allowing one run and eight hits while striking out six without issuing a walk. Kershaw fell to 21-7 with a 3.16 ERA in 37 career starts against Colorado on Sept. 7 after yielding four runs on six hits and three walks in just 3 2/3 frames.

Marquez ended his six-start winless streak on Sunday, when he allowed two runs and five hits in five innings at San Diego. It marked the third time in his last four outings the 22-year-old Venezuelan failed to work more than five frames, with all four of those turns coming on the road. That stretch began with a no-decision in Los Angeles on Sept. 8 as Marquez gave up four runs - two earned - on six hits and three walks over four innings in his first career start against the Dodgers.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Rockies have scored a total of 38 runs in their last four victories.

2. Colorado manager Bud Black announced LHP Tyler Anderson would start the season finale on Sunday.

3. Los Angeles placed OF O'Koyea Dickson (shoulder) on the 60-day disabled list and purchased the contract of 2B Tim Locastro from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

PREDICTION: Dodgers 6, Rockies 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
LA Dodgers 102-58 L1 57-24 45-34 24-10 23-9 39-35 16-4
Colorado 87-73 W3 46-33 41-40 17-16 18-15 42-32 10-10
Last Meeting
LA Dodgers Colorado
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/29/17 LAD 1 COL 9 .188 0 .423 .314 4 1.143
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Dodgers J. Turner .356 21 .916
Colorado N. Arenado .379 25 1.234
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Dodgers C. Bellinger 3 8 8
Colorado N. Arenado 7 17 18
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Dodgers 4.56 .260 169
Colorado 4.29 .256 147
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Dodgers J. Turner .322 146 .945
Colorado C. Blackmon .329 210 .998
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Dodgers C. Bellinger 39 87 96
Colorado C. Blackmon 37 137 103
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Dodgers 3.39 .249 1532
Colorado 4.50 .273 1260