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CHICAGO (AP) - Yu Darvish pitched seven strong innings for his NL-leading eighth win, Willson Contreras homered twice and the Chicago Cubs moved to the brink of clinching the NL Central title by pounding the crosstown White Sox 10-0 Friday night. Victor Caratini, Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez also went deep as Cubs used the longball to break out of an offensive funk and end a three-game losing streak. They reduced their magic number for securing the division crown to one game after St. Louis split a doubleheader with Milwaukee. "I like the homers," Cubs manager David Ross said. "That's getting back to what these guys do." The Cubs entered the game with a .220 team batting average, fourth lowest in the majors, but unloaded against the fading White Sox. Contreras hit a three-run shot of Dylan Cease (5-4) in the third, then exited the batter's box with sky-high high bat-flip. He greeted White Sox utility man Yolmer Sanchez, who pitched the ninth, with a solo shot for his eighth career multi-homer game. "We were on fire and I think we needed it today," Contreras said. "It's good. We finally wake up." The White Sox managed just three hits off Darvish and lost their season high sixth straight. Like the Cubs, the South Siders have secured a playoff spot, but slipped into a tie for second place in the AL Central with Cleveland. Darvish (8-3), a contender for the NL Cy Young Award, struck out five and walked one as he cruised to his first win since beating the Cardinals on Sept. 4. In three starts prior to Friday, the right-hander from Japan slipped from his earlier groove and was 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA. "He really established the fastball today, which was a little different than his last couple of times out," Ross said. "I thought he was really sharp...
Willson Contreras’ bat flipped end over end, soaring. There were no White Sox fans in the stands of Guaranteed Rate Field Friday to boo or gasp. But if the cardboard cutouts behind home could look past the somersaulting bat and the spot in the stands where Contreras’ home run had landed, they would have seen the right-field scoreboard flipping through scores around MLB.
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Three years have passed since Kyle Hendricks last started a postseason game for the Cubs. Opposing him in that National League Championship Series matchup with the Dodgers was none other than Yu Darvish. Flash forward to this season, and Hendricks and Darvish have formed a dynamic one-two combination atop the
Jon Lester scattered four hits over six innings and the Chicago Cubs inched closer to their first NL Central title since 2017 with a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

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