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Cubs comeback sinks Giants, Dodgers level baseball playoff series

Los Angeles Dodgers' Andrew Toles (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring on a single by Chase Utley (AFP Photo/Harry How)

The Chicago Cubs staged an incredible ninth-inning rally to defeat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 and clinch their Major League Baseball playoff series. The Giants had looked poised to square the best-of-five series at 2-2 after building a 5-2 lead heading into the ninth. But Chicago's Ben Zobrist doubled on a line drive to allow Kris Bryant to scamper home for a score to make it 5-3 and leave Anthony Rizzo on third. A single from Willson Contreras then allowed Zobrist and Rizzo to score to tie it up at 5-5. Javier Baez followed with a single on a ground ball that sent Jason Heyward over for the winning run as Chicago completed a remarkable comeback and a 3-1 series win to keep alive their dream of a first World Series crown in 108 years.

We just got it going and felt something good was going to happen. This win is so huge. We never quit and we aren't stopping now.

Chicago Cub's Ben Zobrist

The Dodgers stayed alive in their series with the Nationals after Chase Utley singled home Andrew Toles with the winning run in the eighth inning to clinch a 6-5 Tuesday win. It set up a decisive fifth game in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The Cubs will now face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Washington Nationals in the National League Championship Series starting Saturday.

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The Chicago Cubs are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs compete in Major League Baseball(MLB) as a member club of the National League(NL) Central division. The team plays its home games at Wrigley Field, located on the city's North Side.