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Cubs clinch 4th straight playoff spot, top Pirates 7-6 in 10

Anthony Rizzo thought he'd caught the foul ball. Many others at Wrigley Field, meanwhile, thought about Steve Bartman.

Despite a play that reminded Cubs fans of what went wrong many years ago, Chicago wound up clinching its fourth straight postseason appearance and holding its narrow lead in the NL Central with a 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in 10 innings Wednesday night.

No one was in a partying mood inside the Cubs' clubhouse, however. The champagne will have to wait.

"We're not taking this for granted," said Albert Almora Jr., who delivered a game-ending single. "We're super pumped that we're in the playoffs, but the job's not done. We...

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