Cubs go 2-1 up against Cardinals

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The Chicago Cubs broke a MLB postseason record by hammering six home runs en route to beating the St Louis Cardinals 8-6 in Game 3 of their National League Division Series on Monday. 

On a rare night on Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta struggled, it was the Chicago young guns who hit the Cubs into a 2-1 series lead.

Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber got things started with a big solo home run in the second before the Cardinals went 2-1 ahead in the top of the fourth via a Stephen Piscotty walk, an RBI double by Jhonny Peralta double and a Tommy Pham ground out. 

However, the Cardinals saw their lead disappear in the bottom of the fourth as Starlin Castro cracked a 414-foot home run to bring his side level at 2-2. 

The Cubs put themselves in the driver's seat in the fifth as rookie Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer, which was followed by a solo home run from Anthony Rizzo.

With the Cubs leading 5-2, Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward clubbed a two-run home run to reduce the deficit. But, the Cubs answered back with a two-run homer of their own courtesy of Jorge Soler. 

Dexter Fowler extended the Cubs' lead to 8-4 with a solo home run in the eighth before Piscotty blasted a two-run home run in the ninth. However, Piscotty's efforts went in vain as Cubs closer Hector Rondon finished things off by getting Matt Holliday to ground out to second base.

Should the Cubs make it three wins in a row on Tuesday, they will move into the National League Championship Series for the first time in 12 years.