Cubs beats Brewers, Magic Number reduced to 4

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CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo had three hits and scored three runs, Jorge Soler hit a pinch-hit, 3-run homer and 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 entered Monday two games behind Pittsburgh for the first wild card berth and has now won six of seven.

Soler’s first career pinch-hit home run broke the game open in the seventh inning after the Cubs snapped a 4-4 tie in the fifth with a pair of runs. Starlin Castro, who had two hits and two RBIs for Chicago, drove in a run with a sacrifice fly before Miguel Montero singled in Rizzo, who doubled.

 

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