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The Milwaukee Brewers clinched their first playoff spot since 2011, ensuring at least a spot in the NL wild-card game when Jhoulys Chacin pitched five shutout innings to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.

The Rockies scored two in the first and added a pair in the third and just kept on scoring in a 12-0 win over the Nationals.

The title-winning Red Sox, Indians, Astros and Braves will advance to the postseason along with the Brewers, Cubs, Rockies and Dodgers plus the Yankees and Athletics, the two American League wild-card teams.

Since both the Dodgers and the Rockies won on Sunday and finished the season 91-71, the two will play Monday at Dodger Stadium for the National League West title. The victor of that game will face the victor of the Brewers-Cubs game in the best-of-five NLDS.

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 to send the season to Game 163. They have three games against the Cubs to finish out the season. That pressure-packed matchup will also include the loser of the Dodgers-Rockies tiebreaker, which starts at 3:09 p.m. Monday.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Triple Crown contender Christian Yelich and Milwaukee advanced to an NL Central tiebreaker against Chicago with its seventh straight win. Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez scored six of the Cubs' runs.

Gio Gonzalez (10-11) toiled efficiently through five scoreless innings in his fifth start since being acquired on August 31 from Washington.

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