Cubs push Cards to brink of elimination
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Cubs blasted a Major League Baseball post-season record of six home runs in an 8-6 win on Monday as they pushed the St. Louis Cardinals to the brink of elimination in their National League Division Series.
Seeking to end a 107-year wait for a World Series title, the Cubs electrified their home crowd at Wrigley Field in Game Three as Kyle Schwarber, Starlin Castro, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler and Dexter Fowler all clubbed homers.
Fowler hit the Cubs' sixth homer of the game, over right field in the bottom of the eighth, to set the record and put Chicago ahead 8-4 before Stephen Piscotty followed suit for St. Louis in the top of the ninth to cut the deficit.
With Piscotty and Jason Heyward both connecting for the Cardinals, the combined total of eight home runs also set a Major League mark for one post-season game.
The Cubs' win over the top-seeded Cardinals made it 2-1 in the best-of five series that remains in Chicago for a possible clincher in Game Four on Tuesday.
"We are definitely capable of that," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of his team's impressive display of hitting power in windy conditions at Wrigley Field.
"The support was there. Our players responded. You had to be pretty much entertained if you're a baseball fan."
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