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Rockies 5, Phillies 3: Colorado extends division lead with sweep

The Rockies magic number for the division is 3

It wasn’t nearly as lopsided as the first three games of the series, but the Rockies beat the Phillies 5-3 to complete the four-game sweep. The Rockies have now won seven consecutive games (!) and are ahead of the Dodgers (!!) by a full game (!!!) for first place (!!!!) in the National League West (!!!!!).


On to the details.

Dahl extends home run streak

David Dahl homered in his fourth consecutive game — a solo shot. The Rockies should probably keep him in the starting lineup throughout the weekend. Dahl finished a single and a double shy of the cycle, as he also had an RBI triple. Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra (in a pinch-hitting appearance) also hit solo home runs.


Antonio Senzatela had the type of game that would be considered a minor blemish at a different point in the season. At this point — with a big bullpen and an offense rolling to back you up — it was all the Rockies needed. Senzatela pitched 4 23 innings while giving up a run and five hits. He worked out of trouble a couple of times and left with two runners on base. It wasn’t great, but it was a good showing for someone who could find himself in the postseason bullpen.

Looking ahead

There’s just one series of the season left, and the Rockies are in the driver’s seat. Check our outcomes matrix to see all the possible scenarios for the final weekend of the 2018 season. Here’s the cliff notes version: The Rockies magic number for the their first division title is three.

The three game series against the Nationals gets started tomorrow at 6:10 MT. Kyle Freeland will make his final start (OF THE REGULAR SEASON) against Joe Ross.