NEW YORK (AP) -Colorado eliminated the possibility a really messy playoff scenario.
By winning 10-4 at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night, the Rockies ensured that Arizona, Colorado, the New York Mets, Philadelphia and San Diego all couldn't finish with the same record - which would have necessitated four days of tiebreaker games.
Colorado headed into a weekend three-game series against NL West-leading Arizona two games behind the Diamondbacks, meaning the Rockies and Arizona can't finish with identical marks.
Still, four teams could finish with the same records in the NL East, NL West and wild-card races, necessitating two days of tiebreaker games to determine postseason berths.
The NL East is the easiest: The Mets would play Monday at Philadelphia.
There also could be a two-team tie in the West, with Colorado or San Diego at Arizona, or Colorado at San Diego.
The losers of Monday's games would meet Tuesday to decide the wild card.
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