Hendricks’ latest gem helps Cubs complete sweep of A’s

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<> at O.co Coliseum on August 7, 2016 in Oakland, California.

Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at O.co Coliseum on August 7, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kyle Hendricks pitched into the eighth inning for his fifth win since June and the Chicago Cubs beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler both homered off A’s starter Sean Manaea (3-7). Bryant’s home run was his 27th this season, one more than the two-time All-Star had in 2015 when he was the NL’s rookie of the year.

The Cubs’ seventh straight win improved them to a major league-best 69-41 and marked their 10th series sweep this season. That topped their mark from a year ago, and increased their lead in the NL Central to 11 1/2 games over St. Louis.

Hendricks (11-7) was dominant against an A’s team that had dropped seven of eight going into the day. Chicago’s right-hander allowed three hits over 7 1/3 innings, struck out four and retired 17 straight before Marcus Semien’s one-out home run in the eighth.

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