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Cubs keep slugging homers

Kyle Schwarber cleared the right field scoreboard with his 7th-inning blast to give the Cubs a 6-4 lead. The Cubs are first team with 3-plus HRs in consecutive postseason games since the Tigers in 2011. Follow live


Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

The Cardinals pitching staff gave up 63 home runs on the road all season. In 2 days they've given up 1/7 of that total.

Jayson Stark @jaysonst

Kevin Siegrist: 0 HR allowed in September. 3 HR allowed in the last 2 games at Wrigley. The Cardinals aren't winning the battle of the 'pens

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

BOOM! Kyle Schwarber hits one OUT OF THE STADIUM to extend Chicago's lead to 6-4. That one might not come down for a while.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Joe Maddon goes to his fifth reliever of the game, meaning it's looking like at least a seven-reliever game for the Cubs. If it goes extra innings, Kyle Hendricks is probably the guy. Maddon is managing this as a bullpen game, which statheads often advocate for but managers rarely attempt.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo has dominated lefties for two years. No pitcher/manager should think they have the advantage bringing in a lefty to face him. He homers off of Siegrist to give the Cubs the lead 5-4.

Rizzo burns Siegrist again

Anthony Rizzo put the Cubs ahead with his solo shot of Kevin Siegrist in the sixth inning. He also homered Siegrist in Monday's game, making it the second time in Cubs history a player went deep off the same pitcher in the same playoffs.


SportsCenter @SportsCenter

RIZZO! Cubs re-take the lead as Anthony Rizzo blasts the 0-2 pitch to right field. Chicago goes ahead 5-4 and is 9 outs away from NLCS.

Baseball Tonight @BBTN

We're all tied up! Pinch hitter Brandon Moss delivers an RBI single to tie the game at 4, but Jorge Soler throws out Tony Cruz at the plate.

Utley's appeal hearing set for Oct. 19

Chase Utley's appeal of his two-game suspension is officially scheduled to be heard on Oct. 19. He'll be active for the remainder of the NLDS. "We argued for a hearing date (Tuesday) or (Wednesday). The union wanted longer time to get ready and [hearing officer] John [McHale] decided that he would give them until Monday in order to get ready," commissioner Rob Manfred told USA Today.

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Cubs bullpen coming through

After replacing Jason Hammel in the fourth, Justin Grimm struck out the side. Then Travis Wood took over in the fifth and retired the first two hitters he saw before getting Matt Holliday to fly out to preserve the 4-2 lead. Follow live


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Royals' Eric Hosmer send out condolences to the KC Fire Department and to the families and friends of the two firefighters killed while fighting a blaze Monday night. Hosmer's father was a firefighter for 29 years in the Miami area. "I was fortunate to never have a phone call from the fire department saying something crazy happened, so I can only imagine what the families are going through," Hosmer said.

keithlaw @keithlaw

Had a moment there where I saw the back of the uniform and thought "Kerry Wood is pitching?"