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South Side surge

The Cubs ended the first half under .500 and tied with the Cardinals for second in the NL Central, 5.5 games behind the Brewers. The reigning World Series champs have been hot since returning from the All-Star break and are now four games over .500 (50-46) and one game out of first.

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Royals hit four homers in win (2:08)
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Cubs top Cardinals in late rally (1:05)
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Quigley's All-Star debut was worth the wait

She was a second-round pick in 2008, but by 2012, Allie Quigley wasn't even in the WNBA. But in her All-Star debut Saturday, the Chicago Sky starter won the 3-point contest and scored 14 points off the bench for the East.

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The Cubs are 7-1 since the All-Star break. That's tied with the Pirates for the best record in MLB in the second half (Pittsburgh plays at 8:10 ET tonight in Colorado). Cubs starting pitchers have a 2.16 ERA in 8 second-half games (had 4.66 ERA in first half of season).

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Rizzo's go-ahead double scores Bryant from first (0:34)
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Ice Cube sings 'Take Me Out To The Ball Game' at Wrigley (0:43)
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DeJong and Grichuk go back to back (0:44)
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Lester silences Cardinals' bats early (0:28)

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Jon Lester's 10 strikeouts through 7 IP are tied for his most this season and are tied for his 2nd-most in a start as a member of the Cubs (14 against the Rockies on July 29, 2015).

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The Cardinals' Adam Wainwright is starting at the Cubs today. Wainwright is 4-4 with a 7.68 ERA on the road this season, compared to 7-1 with a 3.19 ERA at home.

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Royals walk it off against the White Sox (0:37)
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Moncada's first hit with Chicago is a 3-run triple (0:31)
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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Just one of those things, Cubs starter Jake Arrieta says of his bullpen's struggles on Friday. His own outing was very crisp.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Just one of those days, says Joe Maddon, who thought other than the poorly pitched eighth inning, his club played another solid game.

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Cardinals feast in 8th inning vs. Cubs (1:53)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' torrid second-half start came to a grinding halt on Friday. In the eighth inning, to be exact. Three relievers combined to put the first 11 Cardinal hitters on in that inning as St. Louis rolled to an 11-4 win. The loss snaps Chicago's six-game winning streak and negates the possibility of the defending champs moving into a virtual tie with Milwaukee atop the NL Central. That would have been the case with a Cubs win and a Brewers loss in Philadelphia tonight.