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Cubs Surge In 8th, Beat Braves 3-1

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Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs (L) high-fives teammate Nate Schierholtz #19 after Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly scoring Rizzo during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field on September 21, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs (L) high-fives teammate Nate Schierholtz #19 after Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly scoring Rizzo during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field on September 21, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Dioner Navarro hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat Atlanta 3-1 Saturday to keep the Braves on the brink of the NL East championship.

Atlanta’s magic number remained at one to clinch its first division title since 2005. Second-place Washington hosted Miami later Saturday.

Starlin Casto singled off Kris Medlen with one out in the eighth, pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy singled against Scott Downs (4-4) and Anthony Rizzo hit a tying double down the left-field line.

Navarro singled in the go-ahead run against David Carpenter, and Nate Schierholtz added a sacrifice fly.

Carlos Villanueva (7-8) got three outs in the eighth, and Pedro Strop finished for his first save in four chances.

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