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Kris Bryant beats HR, Cubs, Cardinals tied at 2 in 10



Despite a 6-run break on Saturday, manager Joe Maddon continues to search for a productive combination.

Catcher Willson Contreras struck for the third time in his career on Sunday night as the Cubs attempted to avoid a three-game claw strike at the Busch Stadium.

Contreras did not disappoint when he left with a single and met on a victim fly by Anthony Rizzo. The Cubs and Cardinals are tied at 2 and enter the top of the 10th innings.

Kris Bryant hit a tie-break home run by Michael Wacha to start the fourth, which landed in the second deck and was estimated to have covered 433 feet [19659005] But at the end of the sixth, Kolten Wong hit a liner crossing the Glove of a gliding Jason Heyward sailed in the right field, which went for a triple and allowed Jedd Gyorko to score the dash.

The game was delayed by 30 minutes after the top of the first because of rain, and game stopped for 29 minutes, without falling in the bottom of the third because of a temporary shower.

Cubs starter Jon Lester allowed a home run after Gyorko in the second, but

Contreras made his third start at the lead-off spot and is 4-for-1

2 at this point.

"I can not say that I'm surprised because I know our manager likes to mess things up," Contreras said before the game. "I know what it's like to be a leadoff hitter, and I'll try to do it the same way and be productive."

"It feels good. Everything I can to help the team, I will be. Meanwhile, the Cardinals will attempt to overcome the loss of all-star starter Yadier Molina for at least four weeks, leaving Molina on Saturday in the ninth inning after suffering a mistake by Kris Bryant on a 102-mph Molina underwent surgery that was described by the Cardinals as a pelvic injury with traumatic hematoma 19659002] The Cardinals also put the helper Dominic Leone on the 10-day due to right biceps irritation.

List of the disabled and promoted the catcher Carson Kelly and the pitcher Mike Mayers of Triple-A Memphis

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