CHICAGO -AP- Kyle Hendricks pitched effectively into the eighth inning, Addison Russell homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 on Saturday to increase their NL Central lead.
Chicago has won five straight and leads Milwaukee by 3 1/2 games and St. Louis by five in the division.
Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and two RBI for the Cubs.
Hendricks, Russell lead Cubs over Cardinals 4-1
Russell was activated before the game after being sidelined since early August with plantar fasciitis of the right foot. He pinch hit in the eighth and hit a solo shot against Tyler Lyons to the back of the left-field bleachers.
Hendricks (7-5) allowed one run and five hits in a season-high 7 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.

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