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10/1/18 - Game 163

The turn of the calendar usually signifies a fresh start, but the first day of October gave four National League teams one last chance at claiming their division crown in two dramatic tiebreaker games. This was the first time that two Game 163s were needed in the same season, as the Rockies and Dodgers squared off for the NL West title, while the Brewers and Cubs battled for the top spot in the NL Central. The teams on the short end of each contest would face off in the NL Wild Card Game the very next night, while the victors reap their spoils and earn a day off before their NL Division Series tilts. Monday's doubleheader didn't disappoint, as the Brewers scored a pair of runs in the eighth to earn their first division title since 2011 and send the Cubs to the do-or-die Wild Card Game. Milwaukee outfielder Lorenzo Cain came through with the go-ahead hit, while Christian Yelich contributed three hits to the winning effort, bumping his league-leading average to .326 and bolstering his already-strong NL Most Valuable Player case. The Cubs awaited the loser of Monday's second game, and Dodgers starter Walker Buehler did all he could to ensure that Los Angeles would continue their run of dominance in the division. He tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-hit ball and even picked up an RBI single in the sixth inning to help L.A. to a 5-2 victory. Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy each chipped in a two-run homer to back the rookie Buehler, who lowered his regular-season ERA to 2.62. These epic regular-season finales were just a prelude to the thrills of the postseason, and they only whetted our appetite for what's to come this month. Photos by David Durochik/MLB Photos (Brewers/Cubs); Rob Leiter/MLB Photos (Rockies/Dodgers)