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Cards inch closer to crown with ninth-inning back-to-back homers

On the first two pitches of the ninth inning Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong homered off Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel to tie the game and then take the game, 9-8, on Saturday at the suddenly Friendlier Confines. All weekend the Cubs have thrown everything they have at the first-place Cardinals, from the theatrical returns from injuries by All-Stars Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez to a $43-million closer to nine different pitchers in one game. There was a costly balk, two pinch-hit homers, and even a dancing Ben Zobrist from the Cubs on Saturday, and the Cardinals have been undaunted.