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Cubs use trio of homers to hold off Royals

Jason Heyward, Jason Kipnis and Willson Contreras each homered to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Kansas City Royals Tuesday in Chicago. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI
Jason Heyward, Jason Kipnis and Willson Contreras each homered to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Kansas City Royals Tuesday in Chicago. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The Chicago Cubs used a trio of timely home runs to hold off the Kansas City Royals for a win and maintain their hold on the best record in the National League.

Jason Heyward led the way with a 2-for-4 night, which included two RBIs and two runs scored in the 5-4 win Tuesday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Jason Kipnis and Willson Contreras also homered for the Cubs (9-2).

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"It's been fun because it's been a lot of guys, different guys, that have been active in the wins so far," Kipnis told reporters. "It hasn't just been one guy taking over, it hasn't just been one guy getting hot.

"I think you're seeing a lot of guys contribute."

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Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi put his squad ahead with an RBI single in the top of the second frame before the Cubs bats came alive.

Contreras singled off Royals starter Brady Singer to leadoff the bottom of the second frame. Heyward then settled in against Singer in the second at-bat.

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The Cubs right fielder fell behind 0-2 against Singer before he took a ball in the dirt. He then smashed a 1-2 Singer slider over the right center field fence for a 412-foot home run. The blast gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead.

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The Cubs held on to the one-run lead until Kipnis settled in against Singer in the bottom of the fourth frame. The Cubs infielder proceeded to hit an 0-2 fastball to right center field for a two-run homer. Kipnis' long ball traveled an estimated 423 feet and left the field in 4.9 seconds, according to Statcast.

Jorge Soler hit an RBI single in the top of the next inning for the Royals' second run before Contreras hit the Cubs' third homer of the night.

The Cubs catcher faced Royals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal during that exchange. Rosenthal earned an 0-2 lead in the count before Contreras took a ball. Contreras then smashed a 1-2 slider to left center field for a 422-foot solo shot.

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Royals outfielder Alex Gordon brought in Salvador Perez on an RBI groundout in the top of the ninth inning. Second baseman Maikel Franco plated the Royals' final run with an RBI single in the same frame.

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Contreras went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI in the win. Kipnis went 1 for 3 with two RBIs, a run scored and a walk for the Cubs. Mondesi went 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI for the Royals. Perez also recorded two hits in the loss.

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks allowed seven hits and two runs in seven innings to earn his second win of 2020. Singer allowed five hits and four runs in five innings to take his first loss of the season.

The Cubs face the Royals at 8:05 p.m. EDT Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

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