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Contreras homers as Quintana, Cubs beat Cards, tie Brewers

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Miguel Montero #47 of the Chicago Cubs hits an RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Busch Stadium on May 4, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Miguel Montero #47 of the Chicago Cubs hits an RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Busch Stadium on May 4, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

By JAY COHEN
AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - Willson Contreras hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, Jose Quintana won again and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Sunday night to move into a virtual tie for first in the NL Central.

Kyle Schwarber also connected as the Cubs won for the eighth time in nine games since the All-Star break. The World Series champions improved to 51-46, just a few percentage points ahead of Milwaukee after the Brewers (53-48) lost 6-3 at Philadelphia.

Quintana (6-8) struck out seven in six innings in his first home start since he was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the White Sox on July 13. He pitched seven sparkling innings in an 8-0 victory at Baltimore in his Cubs debut last Sunday.

Coming off his first career shutout, Michael Wacha (7-4) was charged with five runs and six hits in six innings in his first loss since May 30.

Wade Davis finished for his 20th save in 20 chances.

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