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Cubs Beat Giants to Postpone Cardinals' Celebration
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jeff Baker hit a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning and the Chicago Cubs staved off elimination in the NL Central for a day by handing the San Francisco Giants a blow to their postseason hopes with 3-2 victory Thursday night.

Had the Cubs lost, the St. Louis Cardinals would have clinched the NL Central. The Cardinals on Friday begin a three-game series against the NL wild card-leading Rockies, who lead the Braves by 3 1/2 games with San Francisco and Florida four behind.

Brian Wilson (5-6) walked Derrek Lee to open the inning but got Micah Hoffpauir and Mike Fontenot on infield popups before Baker hit on his fourth home run.

Aaron Heilman (4-4) pitched the eighth to earn the victory.

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