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Arismendy Alcantara celebrates his game-winning single in the 10th inning Monday at Wrigley Field. | Jeff Haynes/AP

Alcantara’s 10th-inning hit gives Cubs dramatic win, first place in Central

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Arismendy Alcantara drove a one-out single to center through a drawn-in infield off right-hander Burke Badenhop in the bottom of the 10th inning Monday night to lift the Cubs to a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cubs second dramatic, final-inning victory in as many days, put them in sole possession of first place in the National League Central for the first time since 2009.

Jorge Soler homered twice, including a two-run shot to center in the eighth inning to tie the game. He also hit a two-run homer to left in the first and singled during the 10th –inning rally.

Chris Coghlan, who homered in the sixth, walked to load the bases and force a pitching change.

With the infield drawn in, Starlin Castro hit a bouncer to short, where Zack Cozart threw to the plate for the force, leaving the bases loaded with one out for Alcantara.

Jon Lester, the Cubs’ $155 million free agent ace, struggled for the second time in as many starts, allowing three in the first and three in the sixth.

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