The Rockies also pulled within a half-game of the top spot in the NL West, behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Eduardo Escobar's walk-off home run. Dahl's dinger woke up the offense, which scored three runs apiece in the third and fourth innings, and then two apiece in the fifth and seventh innings.
The blowout win was their fifth in a row, as they have just five games left to not only get in, but earn their first division title. Charlie Blackmon stayed hot by extending his hitting streak to 17 games in a row, while Carlos Gonzalez had a key two-run double to help his team pull away. The Rockies will have two more games with the Phillies, before hosting the Washington Nationals in the final weekend of the regular season.
Another team that is going back and forth between the division and Wild Card are the Milwaukee Brewers, who also improved their playoff position with a 12-4 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals. MVP candidate Christian Yelich went deep and drove in six runs, as Milwaukee pulled within a half-game of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central division. The Cubs fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-0, at home Tuesday night.
Yelich's RBI total was a career-high, as he adds to the two cycles and monster numbers that he has put up in his first season with the Brew-Crew. Ryan Braun went deep twice, while Jesus Aguilar connected with his 34th home run of the season in the first inning. The big win drops their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to just one, as they have won five of their past six overall. Now it's just a matter of if they will be in the one-game playoff, or hosting the NLDS.
Milwaukee now leads the Rockies by 3.5 games for the top Wild Card spot, as they also knocked the Cardinals out of the final playoff spot. Yadier Molina went deep for a three-run shot, while Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-3 with a walk in the loss for the Red-birds. Coming in to the series, St. Louis was hot, winning six of their past seven entering Monday's 6-4 loss. Milwaukee will play the Cardinals one more time before hosting the lowly Detroit Tigers this weekend.