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This dinger from Willson Contreras secured a 5-3 win over the Cards & moved the Cubs into first place in NL Central. es.pn/2tSqDtH

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-3 and in doing so take over first place by a percentage point while moving a season high 5 games over .500. After getting down 2-0 they outscored St. Louis 5-1 thanks in part to home runs by Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras, the latter one broke a 3-3 tie. Jose Quintana pitched a quality start though without his best stuff and the bullpen did its job as Wade Davis remained perfect in save opportunities. The Cubs are in first place for the first time since May 26.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was asked if this pitching staff has enough to sustain a prolonged absence from Clayton Kershaw. Here's what he said ...

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, on Kershaw: "Obviously what he means to our ballclub, how he's been throwing, and his history -- yeah, there's some pause. We have to do the scans, let the medical guys do their thing and gather information. ... From what I understand, it's more muscular. That sharpness that he felt last year, the herniation-type thing, that's not what he felt today. The scans can prove different, but that all I've got right now."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw seemed really down when talking about his back injury. The quote that stood out: "A lot of frustration. I've done just countless, countless hours of back maintenance and rehab and everything, just trying to stay healthy. I felt really, really good up to this point. So, yeah, there's definitely some frustration."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

According to StatCast Kyle Schwarber's HR in the fourth inning went 400 ft. Schwarber has a .901 OPS since returning from Triple-A earlier this month. His three runs driven in, in July, have come via solo home runs.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

With his second inning HR Randal Grichuk has 5 long balls this year against the Cubs and 7 against the rest of the league. He's now hitting .407 against them though he came in hitting .222 overall.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Matt Carpenter out of the game; Voit in his place. You wonder if Carpenter was hurt on that tag play at home.

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With Quintana on the mound for the Cubs, the Cards try for a series win. Watch Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN/here: es.pn/2vOyIRv

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Aaron Judge went 0-3 with two strikeouts and a pair of walks Sunday, as the Yankees beat the Mariners 6-4.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw seemed down postgame. He expressed "a lot of frustration" to be hit with an injury like this after doing "countless hours" of rehab from his previous back issue, but also said a lot of the symptoms are dissimilar and didn't want to speculate as to the extent. He said he was feeling very good leading up to this. Kershaw will see Dr. Robert Watkins, the team's back specialist, tonight.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

A win against the Cardinals tonight would vault the Cubs into first place by a percentage point over the Milwaukee Brewers. It would be the first time the Cubs were in first place since the end of the day on May 26. A win would also push them to a season high 5 games over .500.

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He's catching more and batting cleanup. Is Willson Contreras becoming the most valuable Cub? es.pn/2uOmJWU

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Closing in on Sunday Night Baseball, Cards vs. Cubs, Michael Wacha vs. Jose Quintana. Cubs playing for 1st place tonight; STL 4 games out.