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Cardinals touch Kimbrel for 2 homers in 9th to hand Cubs crushing loss

Their playoff chances seemingly vanished with two swings of the bat. The 9-8 loss leaves them six games behind the first-place Cardinals and three behind the Brewers for the second wild-card spot with seven games to play.

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Maddon: We’re witnessing ‘another level’ of Cubs ace Jon Lester

Cubs notebook: Lester has gone 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA in his last five starts and is 6-2 with a 2.62 ERA at home.

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Noise? What noise? Cubs play with passion and focus in 10-4 victory against Pirates

Second strong outing since break clinches Cubs’ first series win since June 9.

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Sox notebook: Jimenez can empathize with Anderson over high ankle sprain

Is Aaron Bummer a possible closer? Yoan Moncada returns to the lineup.

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Sox GM Hahn: Heralded prospect Dylan Cease ‘getting awfully close’ to majors

No indication when Cease will get a call-up, but an opportune time is Wednesday in a day-night doubleheader.

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Willson Contreras’ homer in 15th gives Cubs third walk-off of week

Contreras’ game-winning homer was his first walk-off hit. The last Cub to hit a walk-off homer in the 15th or later was Sammy Sosa in 2003.

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Cubs add third lefty to bullpen in Cedeno, put Webster on injured list

The once-cold, now-hot and ever-changing Cubs bullpen looked different again Saturday against the Brewers.

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It was bullpen’s day after four-plus shaky innings from starter Yu Darvish

Six relievers combined to pitch five scoreless innings to keep the Cubs in the game on the way to a 6-5 win.

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Taylor Davis’ slam, Javy Baez’s solo shot lift Cubs to 6-5 victory

Joe Maddon could barely contain his surprise that backup catcher Taylor Davis homered against Michael Wacha.

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‘Weirdest thing in baseball’? Cubs brace for wild finish to division race

"We would just like to continue to have the best record in the league after [Sunday]," manager Joe Maddon said.