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Mariners blow 6-run lead, fall to Cubs in extra innings

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CHICAGO, IL - JULY 31: Jason Heyward #22 of the Chicago Cubs scores the winning run past the outstretched arm of Mike Zunino #3 of the Seattle Mariners at Wrigley Field on July 31, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Mariners 7-6 in 12 innings. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL. – Pitcher Jon Lester drove in Jason Heyward with a two-strike squeeze bunt in the 12th inning, and the Chicago Cubs overcame a six-run deficit to beat the Seattle Mariners 7-6 on Sunday night.

Heyward sparked the winning rally with a leadoff double off the wall in right-center. He advanced on Willson Contreras’ fly ball to center against Cody Martin (1-1) before Lester managed to get a bunt down right in front of the plate.

Heyward made it home with a headfirst slide, sparking a frenzied celebration at Wrigley Field. Hector Rondon (2-2) pitched two innings for the win.

The Cubs trailed 6-3 before they pushed across three runs in the ninth against Steve Cishek, handing the sidewinding right-hander his sixth blown save in 31 opportunities. Addison Russell hit an RBI single and Contreras drove in another run when he hustled down the line to beat out a potential double-play grounder.