9/21 Morning Marquee: Chris Coghlan keys Cubs comeback


Chris Coghlan homered twice, including a go ahead two-run homer in the eighth to push the Chicago Cubs past the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7. The Cubs trailed by as many as five, but a four-run seventh, including a three-run home run by Arismendy Alcantara kept the Cubs hope for a comeback alive.

Hector Rondon shut the door on the Dodgers in the ninth for his 12th straight save in as many opportunities. It was a tough loss for the Dodgers, who have clinched a playoff berth, but are trying to clinch the division and avoid the play-in game for the Wild Card.

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The Tigers increased their lead in the AL Central with a crucial overturned call against the Royals. What appeared to be a line-out inning ending double play, Ian Kinsler threw the ball away trying to get Eric Hosmer scrambling back to second. The errant throw got away, Salvador Perez scored, but never tagged up. The play is not reviewable, but Tiger manager Brad Ausmus created enough doubt in the umpires minds and they took another look, ruling Perez out. The Tigers would go on to win 3-2.

The Cardinals used the long ball in support of Michael Wacha‘s return as they went yard three times in an 8-4 win, lowering the magic number to one for a post-season berth. They lead the NL Central by 3 1/2, and have their eyes set on a second consecutive division title.

Here’s a look at the top stories:

‘Chris Coghlan homers twice; Cubs rally to top Dodgers’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Detroit Tigers win pivotal game against Kansas City Royal 3-2’ – Motor City Bengals

‘St. Louis Cardinals beat Reds 8-4, magic number falls to 5 games’  – Redbird Rants

‘Offense still struggling, Brewers shut out the Pirates’ – Reviewing the Brew

‘Postseason picture for Sunday, September 21’ – MLB.com