The Chicago Cubs advanced to their first National League Championship Series since 2003 after eliminating the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.
Behind three more home runs, giving them nine in two days, Chicago cemented the series-clinching Game 4 with a 6-4 victory. In place of the injured Addison Russell, Javier Baez began the festivities with a three-run bomb. With the game tied at 4-4, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber provided the deciding solo shots.
Jason Hammel surrendered two runs before recording an out, but seven relievers collected 13 strikeouts over six innings. After getting shut out by John Lackey in Game 1, the Cubs roughed him up for four runs.
The Cubs have now eliminated both of their National League Central foes, ousting the only two squads who finished the season with superior records. They will now await the winner of the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers.
FINAL: Cubs 6, Cardinals 4
HRs: Stephen Piscotty (2-Run, Top 1st), Javier Baez (3-Run, Bottom 2nd), Anthony Rizzo (Solo, Bottom 6th), Kyle Schwarber (Solo, Bottom 7th)