“We like the bigger moment,” manager Joe Maddon said two hours before the Cubs scored four runs in the top of the first inning and saw left-hander Jon Lester get back on track against the Cardinals .
The Cubs clinched a tie for the National League Central title Monday night as they scored four runs in the first inning and coasted to a 10-2 victory over the rival Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
The offensive outburst was welcomed by Lester, whose velocity and sharpness returned after a lack of command knocked him out after only 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Rays .
Lester, who was on the disabled list at the end of August due to shoulder fatigue and lat tightness, seemed to quell any questions about his status for the playoffs.
Right-hander Kyle Hendricks and left-hander Jose Quintana have been the most dominant among the starters of late, although Jake Arrieta can strengthen his case Tuesday night in his second start since returning from a Grade 1 right hamstring strain.
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