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NL GAME OF THE DAY

Rockies clinch playoff spot

Colorado can still win the NL West by sweeping the Dodgers this weekend.

October 02, 2009|Associated Press

DENVER — It's a Rocktober redux for the Colorado Rockies, who are back in the playoffs after a one-year hiatus.

Aaron Cook pitched four-hit ball over eight innings in his second start since missing a month because of a sore shoulder and Garrett Atkins drove in three runs for the Rockies in a 9-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

The Rockies' fourth consecutive victory eliminated Atlanta, their final pursuer, from contention for the NL wild card.

Colorado can still win the NL West title by sweeping a weekend series at Dodger Stadium.

"We're in," Troy Tulowitzki said. "Anything can happen once you're in."

At 91-58, the Rockies set a franchise mark for wins. Since Jim Tracy took over as manager, Colorado is 73-40.

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