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Cubs clinch National League Central title with 5-1 win over Cardinals

The Cubs completed a remarkable second-half surge Wednesday night when they scored five runs in the seventh inning Wednesday night to beat the rival Cardinals 5-1 at Busch Stadium to take their second consecutive National League Central title and advance to the playoffs for the third straight season.

Addison Russell smacked a three-run homer off Michael Wacha to highlight the five-run outburst and help the Cubs overcome a 1-0 deficit.

After Russell’s homer, Baez and Jason Heyward and Tommy La Stella doubled to pad the lead.

On the mound: John Lackey pitched one of his best games of the season, limiting the Cardinals to two hits in six innings.

Lackey struck out Dexter Fowler on an 85-mph slider to end the first and retired the final 10 batters he faced.

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