Cubs beat the Giants at Wrigley Field

The Chicago Cubs have extended their winning streak, padded their lead in the NL Central and reduced what remains the smallest magic number in the majors.

Addison Russell hit a go-ahead, two-run single with two out in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Cubs to their fourth straight victory, 5-4 against San Francisco. Chicago put together a three-run first, but the offense stalled while the Giants were building a 4-3 lead.

The Cubbies allowed just three hits, the last coming after Hunter Pence smacked a two-run homer in the opening inning. Chicago’s bullpen retired all 15 batters it faced.

The Cubs improved to a major league-leading 86-47 to push 15 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Cardinals in the NL Central. They also cut their magic number to 15.

The Giants are two games behind the NL West-leading Dodgers after falling to a big league-worst 15-28 since the All-Star break.

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