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Rizzo, Soler spark Cubs in 9-5 win over Brewers

Rizzo, Soler spark Cubs in 9-5 win over Brewers

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs haven't played meaningful baseball in September for a while. But now that they are, confidence isn't at a shortage.

Anthony Rizzo had three hits & scored three runs, Jorge Soler hit a pinch-hit, 3-run homer & the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-5 on Monday night.

The Cubs inched closer to a NL playoff berth as their magic number to clinch fell to four. Chicago, which last made the playoffs in 2008, entered Monday two games behind Pittsburgh for the first wild card berth & has now won six of seven, playing well when it matters.

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Bryant, Soler homer; Cubs beat Cardinals 5-4 in testy game

Bryant, Soler homer; Cubs beat Cardinals 5-4 in testy game

CHICAGO (AP) — Jorge Soler & Kris Bryant hit back-to-back homers, & tempers flared for the second straight game as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Saturday for their fifth straight win to tighten the NL Central race.

Chicago is five games behind first-place St. Louis, which received a two-run homer from Matt Carpenter in the ninth. The Cubs entered the contest one game behind Pittsburgh for the top NL wild-card spot.

Bryant's drive into the last row of the left field bleachers gave him 25 homers & tied the Cubs record for a rookie set by Billy Williams in 1961. Bryant, who sparkled at third base, moreover drove in a run with a double & scored in the first as he went 2 for 3 with a walk.

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Bryant, Soler homer; Cubs beat Cardinals 5-4 in testy game

Bryant, Soler homer; Cubs beat Cardinals 5-4 in testy game

CHICAGO (AP) — Jorge Soler & Kris Bryant hit back-to-back homers, & tempers flared for the second straight game as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Saturday for their fifth straight win to tighten the NL Central race.

Chicago is five games behind first-place St. Louis, which received a two-run homer from Matt Carpenter in the ninth. The Cubs entered the contest one game behind Pittsburgh for the top NL wild-card spot.

Bryant's drive into the last row of the left field bleachers gave him 25 homers & tied the Cubs record for a rookie set by Billy Williams in 1961. Bryant, who sparkled at third base, moreover drove in a run with a double & scored in the first as he went 2 for 3 with a walk.

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Castro's 2 homers, 6 RBIs lead Cubs over Cardinals 8-3

Castro's 2 homers, 6 RBIs lead Cubs over Cardinals 8-3

CHICAGO (AP) — Starlin Castro remembered the previous time he had six RBIs in a game.

''Yeah, my debut,'' he said. ''That was a long time ago.''

Castro accomplished that in his first huge league appearance, at Cincinnati on May 7, 2010 at Cincinnati.

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Castro's 2 homers, 6 RBIs lead Cubs over Cardinals 8-3

Castro's 2 homers, 6 RBIs lead Cubs over Cardinals 8-3

CHICAGO (AP) — Starlin Castro remembered the previous time he had six RBIs in a game.

''Yeah, my debut,'' he said. ''That was a long time ago.''

Castro accomplished that in his first huge league appearance, at Cincinnati on May 7, 2010 at Cincinnati.

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Rizzo hits 30th homer, lifts Cubs to 9-6 win over Pirates

Rizzo hits 30th homer, lifts Cubs to 9-6 win over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — By winning three of four games in Pittsburgh, the Chicago Cubs made a bold move as they try to catch the Pirates for the top NL wild card.

Manager Joe Maddon wants more.

Anthony Rizzo started a six-run fifth inning with his 30th homer, & the Cubs rallied for a 9-6 victory Thursday.

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Rizzo homers, lifts Cubs to 9-6 win over Pirates

Rizzo homers, lifts Cubs to 9-6 win over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Anthony Rizzo started a six-run fifth inning with his 30th homer, & the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 9-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday to take three of four games between NL playoff contenders.

The Cubs moved within two games of the wild card leaders. Should the teams end up tied at the end of the regular season, Chicago would have home-field advantage, having won the season series with 10 wins in 16 games.

Pittsburgh trails St. Louis by 4 1/2 games in the NL Central. The Cardinals play a night game against the Brewers at Milwaukee.

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Arrieta loses lead but Cubs outlast Pirates 3-2 in 12

Arrieta loses lead yet Cubs outlast Pirates 3-2 in 12

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Arrieta's streak of winning starts ended Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

No matter, the Chicago Cubs did what they've done every time Arrieta has pitched over the past six weeks: they won.

Pinch-runner Quintin Berry raced home on Anthony Rizzo's sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th inning, & the Cubs slipped by the Pirates 3-2.

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Arrieta loses lead but Cubs outlast Pirates 3-2 in 12

Arrieta loses lead yet Cubs outlast Pirates 3-2 in 12

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Arrieta's streak of winning starts ended Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

No matter, the Chicago Cubs did what they've done every time Arrieta has pitched over the past six weeks: they won.

Pinch-runner Quintin Berry raced home on Anthony Rizzo's sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th inning, & the Cubs slipped by the Pirates 3-2.

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Arrieta loses lead but Cubs outlast Pirates 3-2 in 12

Arrieta loses lead yet Cubs outlast Pirates 3-2 in 12

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pinch-runner Quintin Berry raced home on Anthony Rizzo's sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th inning, & the Chicago Cubs slipped by the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Chicago starter Jake Arrieta's bid to become the first 20-game winner in the majors went along smoothly before he wavered in the eighth as Pittsburgh rallied to tie it. Arrieta allowed two runs, one earned, & six hits yet failed to pick up a win for the first time since Aug. 4.

Chris Denorfia singled off Vance Worley (4-6) to start the 12th & was replaced by Berry, who advanced to second on a wild pitch & third on Austin Jackson's single. Starling Marte tracked down Rizzo's sinking liner to left field yet had no shot at Berry.

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