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Cubs beat Cards 5-1, give NL Central to Brewers

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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols cannot reach a ball hit for a single by Chicago Cubs' Ryan Dempster during the third inning of a baseball game on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols cannot reach a ball hit for a single by Chicago Cubs' Ryan Dempster during the third inning of a baseball game on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano follows through on a three-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano follows through on a three-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Alfonso Soriano dealt the St. Louis' wild-card hopes another serious blow with his first home run of the month, a tiebreaking three-run shot in the eighth inning that sent the Chicago Cubs over the Cardinals 5-1 Friday night.

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The loss dropped the Cardinals three games behind Atlanta, which beat Washington 7-4, for the wild card. The defeat also clinched the NL Central for Milwaukee.

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