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DENVER (AP) — Joe Crede Jersey , while Carlos Gonzalez cheerfully soaked up all the spray coming at him from every direction. Nolan Arenado posed for picture after picture as teammates got selfies with him.Think this party scene was wild, hold on. The Colorado Rockies are hoping to exchange those hats that read, “Postseason,” for ones that say, “NL West Champions.”Now that would really be a party.The NL West-leading Rockies locked up a playoff berth for the second straight season, beating the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Friday night for their eighth win in a row behind a resilient start from Kyle Freeland.David Dahl homered for the fifth consecutive game and Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer against his former team to help Colorado clinch at least a wild card with two games remaining. The Rockies remained one game ahead of Los Angeles as they try to wrap up the franchise’s first division crown. The Dodgers won 3-1 in San Francisco.“It’s a playoff atmosphere,” Arenado said. “The good thing about us is we’ve been in a playoff atmosphere before. We know how to handle it.”Colorado can take the NL West title — and end Los Angeles’ five-year reign — with a win Saturday and a Dodgers loss.Wade Davis struck out Bryce Harper looking to end the game and earn his 43rd save. The sellout crowd at Coors Field roared and fireworks went off.Plenty to celebrate: The Rockies are headed to the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time in team history. This is their fifth playoff trip since the franchise began in 1993 — last year, they lost to Arizona in the NL wild-card game.“It’s just incredible,” said Freeland http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-james-shields-jersey , who grew up in Denver and was a big Rockies fan. “I dreamt of this as a little kid and never thought I’d be in this position to do it. But the work is not done.”Freeland (17-7) wiggled out of jam after jam on a cool night to finish the season with a 2.40 ERA in games at the hitter-friendly ballpark. The lefty allowed two runs and 11 hits over six innings before turning it over to a staunch bullpen.The Rockies’ winning streak is their longest since capturing eight straight in April 2013. During the current streak, the Rockies have outscored opponents by a 57-12 margin.With posters around the stadium billing this as “The Hunt for Rocktober,” the team improved to 18-8 in September. They’re on a quest to end the Dodgers’ five-year reign as division champions.Freeland found himself in trouble quite often, but was able to work his way out of it. His one big mistake was a fastball in the fourth that Trea Turner lined for a two-out, two-run triple to give the Nationals a 2-1 lead.Desmond put the Rockies up 3-2 in the fifth with his 22nd homer of the season. Two pitches later, Chris Iannetta went deep. It was the fifth time the Rockies have hit back-to-back homers this season.With his solo shot in the sixth, Dahl became the fourth Rockies player to homer in five straight games. He joins Dante Bichette (1995), Larry Walker (1999) and Arenado (2015).Freeland finished with a 2.85 ERA overall this season. He joins Marvin Freeman (2.80, 1994) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2.88 Ron Santo Jersey , 2010) as the only Rockies pitchers who qualified for the league ERA title with a mark below 3.00.Joe Ross (0-2) allowed four runs over five innings in his third start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.“I felt OK. The last couple innings, my stuff kind of flattened out,” Ross said. “That’s frustrating, the team had the lead and then I give it right back.”The party in the Rockies clubhouse was wild, but not too wild for one reason.“This is just the first step,” Gonzalez said. “We understand we have a big chance in front of us.”TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: INF Ryan Zimmerman was out of the starting lineup with a sore back and the team plans to take a cautious approach. “I don’t want him to start the offseason worried about rehabbing,” manager Dave Martinez said.Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson’s sore shoulder is a “little better,” manager Bud Black said. “He seems to be trending in the right direction.”PAIR OF ACESWashington will throw right-hander Stephen Strasburg (9-7, 3.77 ERA) on Saturday. But whether NL Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer (18-7 http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-yolmer-sanchez-jersey , 2.53) starts Sunday largely depends on what’s still at stake for the Rockies.“We’re going to relish the moment,” Arenado said of possibly facing two aces. “You have to face the best pitchers in the game to get where you want to be.”UP NEXTThe Rockies will send RHP Jon Gray (12-8, 4.91 ERA) to the mound Saturday against Strasburg, who’s looking to hit the 10-win mark for a fifth straight season. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Darnell Coles resigned as Milwaukee’s hitting coach Thursday and the Brewers fired bullpen coach Lee Tunnell and head trainer Dan Wright.General manager David Stearns said Coles informed the team of his desire to seek other opportunities after four years as Milwaukee’s hitting coach.Coles oversaw a group that finished fourth in the National League with a combined .747 OPS this season but struggled with situational hitting, especially during the NLCS.Assistant hitting coach Jason Lane will be considered for the position but will also be allowed to seek other opportunities, Stearns said.We’ve had a great run with ‘DC’,” Stearns said. “He was just ready for a new challenge and a new endeavor.”Tunnell was named interim bullpen coach midway through the 2012 season, when Stan Kyles was dismissed after spending the previous 3 1/2 seasons as Milwaukee’s minor league pitching coordinator. He oversaw a unit that was among the best in baseball, finishing second with a 3.47 earned run average and was instrumental down the stretch Adam Engel Jersey , posting a 1.98 ERA in September and 2.82 mark in postseason play.“There was a really solid group effort from that unit as a whole,” Stearns said. “We just felt that it was time to get a new voice on the coaching staff.”Stearns said the remainder of Craig Counsell’s staff — pitching coach Derek Johnson, bench coach Pat Murphy, first base coach Carlos Subero and third base coach Ed Sedar — would all return, as would medical staff, with the exception of Wright.
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