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Javier Baez's RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the Cleveland Indians, on Wednesday night in a game that was briefly delayed when a drone entered Wrigley Field and landed on the outfield grass.

 

Automatic runner Ian Happ advanced to third when Kris Bryant greeted Phil Maton (2-2) with a groundball single to open the 10th.

 

After Anthony Rizzo was walked intentionally, Maton fanned Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber. Then Baez's liner to left scored Happ and sent the Indians to their eighth straight loss, their longest slide since June 2013.

 

Like many of the Cubs' hitters, Baez has struggled in the pandemic-shortened season - he's hitting just .211. But Chicago's high-energy shortstop delivered.

 

The Cubs won their fourth straight and strengthened their grip on first place in the NL Central.

Oscar Mercado hit a solo shot off Jon Lester in the fifth to tie the game at 2.

 

Five Cubs relievers followed Lester with a scoreless inning each. Jason Adam (2-1) pitched the 10th.

 

The Indians remain in position for an AL wild card despite their second straight one-run, walk-off loss to the Cubs.

 

Aaron Civale allowed two runs on seven hits, leaving with runners at second and third and none out in the seventh. The right-hander hasn't won since Aug. 19 and is 0-3 in his last five starts.

 

Lester yielded two runs on four hits in five innings in his second effective start following two rough ones.

 

Following a day off Thursday, RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-4, 3.29) faces LHP Rich Hill (2-1. 3.81) in the opener of a three-game home set against Minnesota at Wrigley Field.

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