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Cubs Slip Into Tie for First After Loss to Diamondbacks

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    Cubs Slip Into Tie for First After Loss to Diamondbacks
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    PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 12: Manager Joe Maddon #70 the Chicago Cubs has a few words for home plate umpire Mark Wegner #14 after a third called strike on Kris Bryant #17 to the end of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 12, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Diamondbacks won 6-2. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

    Patrick Corbin pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, David Peralta hit an inside-the-park home run and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 6-2 on Saturday night, cutting Chicago's NL Central lead over St. Louis to a percentage point.

    Jon Lester (8-7) allowed four runs — three earned — and seven hits in six innings as the Cubs lost their third straight and for the seventh time in nine games.

    Chicago led the division by 5½ games before play on Aug. 2, but the Cardinals have closed with eight straight victories, their longest winning streak in two years.

    Corbin (9-11) allowed five hits and struck out eight. He escaped trouble in the opening inning when Ian Happ hit an inning-ending groundout with runners at the corners.

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