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Rizzo's homer electrifies Wrigley

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CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo notched the Cubs' first hit off Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin and did so in a loud way in Game 163 on Monday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Chacin had faced the minimum over the first four innings of the National League Central tiebreaker, but Rizzo launched an 0-1 pitch into the right-field bleachers leading off the fifth to tie the game at 1. The Brewers used a rally in the eighth to claim a 3-1 win and the division title.

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CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo notched the Cubs' first hit off Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin and did so in a loud way in Game 163 on Monday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Chacin had faced the minimum over the first four innings of the National League Central tiebreaker, but Rizzo launched an 0-1 pitch into the right-field bleachers leading off the fifth to tie the game at 1. The Brewers used a rally in the eighth to claim a 3-1 win and the division title.

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It was Rizzo's 101st RBI and 25th home run of the season. Think Rizzo was pumped? The homer had an exit velocity of 110.6 mph and traveled 429 feet, according to Statcast™, making it his second-hardest and fourth-longest long ball of the season.

Rizzo had not had much success against the Brewers this season, entering the game with a slash line of .150/.203/.300 with three homers.

With Monday's win, the Brewers advanced to the National League Championship Series presented by Doosan. They will host the NL Wild Card Game winner in Game 1 on Thursday at Miller Park.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

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