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.
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