Cubs hit 6 home runs, top Cardinals 8-6

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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 12: Jorge Soler #68 of the Chicago Cubs greets Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs at home plate after Bryant hits a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game three of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field on October 12, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO  — Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler each hit two-run drives and the Chicago Cubs connected for a postseason franchise-record six homers in an 8-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the NL Division Series on Monday.

Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Dexter Fowler also homered, powering Jake Arrieta to another win despite a rare off night for the bearded ace. The Cubs' previous record for most homers in a playoff game was five in the opener of the 1984 NL Championship Series against San Diego.

A third straight win for Chicago on Tuesday afternoon, and the once woebegone franchise will advance to the NLCS for the first time in 12 years. The Cardinals, who led the majors with 100 wins this season, have won at least one playoff series in each of the last four years.

Jason Heyward and Stephen Piscotty homered for St. Louis, and Jhonny Peralta had a run-scoring double.

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