Lorenzo Cain hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, Christian Yelich collected three more hits and the Milwaukee Brewers won the NL Central title by downing the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Monday in a high-stakes tiebreaker game.
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Milwaukee trailed Chicago by as many as five games in September, but it pushed the season to an extra day with a furious finish and then used its deep lineup and bullpen to outlast the playoff-tested Cubs. Orlando Arcia, batting in the eighth slot, had a career-high four hits, and Josh Hader closed out another dominant relief performance for the Brew Crew.
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It's the first NL Central title for Milwaukee since its previous postseason appearance in 2011. Cain and company will enjoy home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs, beginning with Game 1 of their division series Thursday.
The Brewers' eighth straight win also dumps Chicago into Tuesday night's NL wild-card game. The Cubs will host the loser of Monday's second tiebreaker between Colorado and the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West title.
Jose Quintana pitched six-hit ball into the sixth inning and Anthony Rizzo homered, but Chicago's bullpen faltered in the eighth. Daniel Murphy and Javier Baez had the only other hits for the Cubs.