Cubs move closer to clinching NL Central

The Chicago Cubs moved closer to clinching the National League (NL) Central in MLB on Sunday.

Chicago took an early lead and cruised to a 6-1 win over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. The victory cut their magic number to clinch the division crown to five.

The Cubs tallied three runs in the first inning and plated another one inning later on a solo home run by Kyle Schwarber.

Schwarber and Ian Happ then followed with RBIs in the third to help the Cubs pull away. The White Sox scored their lone run on an RBI double by Tim Anderson in the fifth.

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks threw 7.2 innings and allowed just one run to pick up the victory. Five different Cubs players drove in at least one run in the game.

With the win, the Cubs remained 2.5 games in front of the Brewers for first in the NL Central with seven to play. Milwaukee topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-6 on Sunday.



Rays starter Blake Snell secured his 21st win of the season by throwing 6.2 scoreless innings against the Blue Jays. Tampa Bay came away with a 5-2 victory.

Mets infielder Jeff McNeil tallied four hits in his team's 8-6 win over the Nationals. He is hitting .340 this season.



Pirates starter Nick Kingham surrendered five earned runs and recorded just four outs against the Brewers.

Braves catcher Tyler Flowers went 0 for three with two strikeouts in his team's 2-1 win over the Phillies.



The Brewers scored three runs on a wild pitch against the Pirates in the sixth inning.


Baltimore Orioles 6-3 New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals 3-2 Detroit Tigers
Miami Marlins 6-0 Cincinnati Reds
Atlanta Braves 2-1 Philadelphia Phillies
Milwaukee Brewers 13-6 Pittsburgh Pirates
New York Mets 8-6 Washington Nationals
Chicago Cubs 6-1 Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros 6-2 Los Angeles Angels
St Louis Cardinals 9-2 San Francisco Giants
Texas Rangers 6-1 Seattle Mariners
Minnesota Twins 5-1 Oakland Athletics
Colorado Rockies 2-0 Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers 14-0 San Diego Padres
Cleveland Indians 4-3 Boston Red Sox



These two teams would play each other in the National League wildcard game if the season ended on Sunday. Milwaukee enter the three-game series at Busch Stadium with a two-game advantage in the wildcard race while the Cardinals hold a slim lead over the Rockies for the second spot. Jack Flaherty (8-8, 3.08 ERA) is set to take the mound for St Louis while the Brewers have yet to announce a starter.

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