Contreras homers as Quintana, Cubs beat Cards, tie Brewers

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on October 18, 2013. St. Louis defeated Los Angeles 9-0 and will now advance to the 2013 World Series. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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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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