ST. LOUIS -- Jon Lester, with eight dominant innings on Wednesday, pitched the Cubs to within one win of their first division crown in eight years. A 7-0 victory that also featured a pair of home runs by Anthony Rizzo sealed a series win for the Cubs, who now head back to Wrigley Field with a chance to clinch the National League Central title in front of their home fans on Thursday.
Lester dominates Cardinals as Cubs magic number hits 1
The Cardinals fell one game behind the Mets and 1 1/2 games behind the Giants in the Wild Card standings with their 41st loss of the season at Busch Stadium. They're now attempting to become the first club since the 2001 Braves to nab a postseason berth despite a losing home record.
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