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Bryant homers, Cubs win 2-0 as Pirates strand 11

Kris Bryant RoadPITTSBURGH -- Kris Bryant homered in the seventh inning, and the Chicago Cubs got out of three bases-loaded jams to snap a four-game skid with a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

After committing an error at third base each of the previous two innings, Bryant drove the first pitch of the seventh from Steven Brault (3-2) into the left-field bleachers to put Chicago ahead 1-0. It was Bryant's 25th homer this season and third in five games.

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Rizzo celebrates, Cubs beat Reds 12-5 for biggest lead

CINCINNATI -- Anthony Rizzo's 30th birthday celebration had a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy.

Rizzo had a pair of hits on his big day, Nicholas Castellanos added to his Chicago surge with a pair of homers and the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-5 on Thursday night for their biggest NL Central lead of the season.

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Hamels has solid return as Almora homers in win

CHICAGO -- Cole Hamels turned in five shutout innings in his return to the mound and Albert Almora Jr. belted a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning, leading the Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Brewers on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

With the win, the Cubs pulled into a first-place tie with the Cardinals atop the National League Central, pending the result of St. Louis’ late game in Oakland on Saturday.

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Báez, Bryant power Cubs past Giants 4-1; Lester scratched

SAN FRANCISCO -- A whirlwind afternoon that included the demotion of struggling shortstop Addison Russell, a late change in starting pitchers, an ejection of Anthony Rizzo and an injury to All-Star third baseman Kris Bryant put the Chicago Cubs in a must-win situation as far as manager Joe Maddon was concerned.

"With everything that had been going on, you get on an airplane not winning that game, that's where the dialogue becomes fabricated in a negative way," Maddon said. "It's very difficult to control that. You try to, but it is."

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