Javy and Yelich: Two MVP favorites squaring off in NL Central tiebreaker

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The Cubs took over sole possession of first place on August 1 and led the Brewers by as many as five games in early September, but Milwaukee closed the regular season on a tear.

The Cubs (95-68) reached the playoffs for a franchise-record fourth straight year and had a third consecutive division championship in sight, only to be pushed aside by the surging Brewers. Yelich only trails in the RBIs column - he has 109 and Javier Baez of the Cubs leads with 111. Travis Shaw added a solo homer. Yelich was removed from the game during the top of the eighth and received a standing ovation from the home crowd.

Gio Gonzalez (10-11) toiled efficiently through five scoreless innings in his fifth start since being acquired on August 31 from Washington.

He extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 2 for 3 and driving in three.

Buehler tossed one-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy launched two-run homers to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2 in a tiebreaker on Monday. Yelich's RBI single came one out later.

The first contest, between Milwaukee and Chicago, gets underway from Wrigley Field at 1:05 PM today.

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Lorenzo Cain knows a little something about playing in high-pressure situations. Seeding and home field advantage is also at issue, of course. The Brewers held a 1-0 lead in the third before the Cubs tied in the ffith.

Colorado was ahead 9-0 at home against Washington in the eighth on two home runs by Nolan Arenado.

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson appears to be a longshot to make the team's roster for its NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lester will become the first pitcher to start two wild-card games, though his first ranks among his worst postseason performances. Colorado has never won its division.

Wild-card games on Tuesday (losers of Brewers-Cubs and Rockies-Dodgers games) and Wednesday (Athletics at Yankees) will narrow the field to eight teams, four in each league, as the chase begins in earnest for the World Series crown.