Tensions were running high in Denver, Colorado on Monday despite the dramatics taking place in Los Angeles, California.

It was arguably the most dramatic setting for a game Colorado Rockies history.

But Walker Buehler took all the wind out of the Rockies sails with a stellar performance that kept Colorado off the board until the final inning. The final from Dodger Stadium: Dodgers 5, Rockies 2. The Dodgers thus win the National League West, and now it’s on to Chicago for a one-game Wild Card play-in game on Tuesday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

German Marquez came out hot and actually pitched a pretty fantastic game despite his final line. He racked up swings and misses and lived on the edges. But one bad break, one bad pitch, and one phenomenal swing drove him out of the game early.

The Dodgers put some pressure on Marquez in the second when Manny Machado managed a weak liner into center for a single, the first hit of the game. He was able to advance to second on an excellent running catch from David Dahl in left. Dahl went crashing over the wall, allowing the tag up.

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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of BSN Rockies and a member of the Baseball Writer's Association of America. Follow Drew on Twitter - @DrewCreasman