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Video: Addison Russell makes excellent play to finish off win over Cardinals

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The Cubs survived an eventful ninth inning to finish off a 5-4 victory over the Cardinals this afternoon at Wrigley Field.

After entering the top of the ninth inning with a 5-1 lead, Hector Rondon hit with a Greg Garcia with a pitch. Both benches were warned after Kolten Wong was hit twice earlier in the game — remember the drama from Friday — so Rondon was immediately ejected. Cubs manager Joe Maddon was also ejected after walking on the field.

Zac Rosscup took over from there and quickly gave up a two-run homer to Matt Carpenter and back-to-back singles to Tommy Pham and Jason Heyward. With the tying run on base, Cubs closer Pedro Strop was asked to escape the jam. He struck out Jhonny Peralta looking before Yadier Molina hit a sacrifice fly to make it a one-run game. That’s when shortstop Addison Russell saved the day:

The Cubs have won five straight and are now just a half-game back of the Pirates for the top Wild Card spot in the National League.

Per Russell’s Facebook page, this was what the Cubs’ clubhouse looked like after Friday’s win. It’s fair to say it was a fun place to be again this afternoon.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.