Cubs nip Crew in 10, clip magic number to 4

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The victory pushed Chicago five games up on the rest of the NL Central, with the Cardinals in second place after they beat the Pirates, and the Brewers, reeling in the wake of three straight heartbreaking losses in the opponent’s final at-bat, are 5 1/2 games back.

The 81-73 Brewers also slipped behind the 81-72 Cardinals in the chase for the second NL Wild Card. The Rockies led by one game over the Cardinals with the Brewers 1 1/2 games back, pending Colorado’s late game in San Diego.

For the second straight night, nine innings were not enough. Ryan Braun had two hits for the Brewers and teamed with Travis Shaw for back-to-back two-out doubles in the fifth inning for a 4-4 tie that lasted into the 10th. Knebel, out to the mound for a second inning of work, walked Kris Bryant to open the frame as the Cubs loaded the bases with no outs. Knebel struck out Leonys Martin for the first out of the inning, but then walked La Stella on five pitches to force home the go-ahead run.

John Lackey and Brandon Woodruff started the game, but it was decided by the bullpens. While Knebel absorbed the loss, his second in three days, Edwards won with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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