While the Chicago Cubs are firmly out of playoff contention this season, that doesn't mean that they can't impact the playoff race in the highly-competitive NL Central Division. With Anthony Rizzo's 10th inning home run, that is exactly what they did against the St. Louis Cardinals, as the Cubs won two out of three against St. Louis and improved their record to 14-9 in July.
Paul Maholm continued his excellent stretch on the mound, allowing only one earned run in 6 2/3 innings. Maholm struck out five batters and gave up only four hits. However, the Cubs bullpen couldn't hold the lead, as a Carlos Beltran homer in the 8th tied the game at two.
Rizzo stole the spotlight in the 10th inning, hitting the first walk-off homer of his career. Rizzo had three hits in the game.
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