Cubs shortstop Addison Russell gives fan nachos

Cubs beat Cardinals to clinch NL Central title

Dilip Vishwanat Getty Images Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo celebrate the Chicago Cubs winning the 2017 National League Central title

The sports world gained a new celebrity Monday night, thanks to a foul ball, a messy plate of nachos and Chicago Cubs star Addison Russell, whose failed effort to catch the wayward ball inadvertently birthed "Nacho Man".

A few minutes later, Russell came running out of the Cubs dugout with a fresh plate of nachos and hand delivered it to the Cardinals fan, whom the internet promptly dubbed "Nachoman".

Andrew Gudermuth, the fan, was likely crushed when he saw his snack get kicked onto the field, but the Cubs shortstop would pay the Cardinals fan back.

Someone brought a plate of nachos to the dugout a little later, and Russell decided to make the delivery.

Jon Lester (12-8) pitched six innings, allowing five hits and a run for the Cubs. A win or a Brewers loss will give them their second consecutive division crown.

Javier Baez hit a three-run homer in the third inning, but left the game shortly after fouling a pitch off his left leg in the eighth inning, but not until after hitting a single.

As for St. Louis, they will be battling to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive.

Chicago will look to seal the deal later tonight when righty Jake Arrieta (14-9, 3.43 ERA) takes the mound against St. Louis ace Carlos Martinez (12-11, 3.63 ERA).

"The last one especially was not typical Jon Lester", manager Joe Maddon said before the game on his eagerness to see how Lester responded Monday. The @Cubs shortstop makes things right. The 24-year-old is 7-0 with a 1.61 ERA since his only loss of the season and has 58 strikeouts to go along with eight walks in 44 2/3 innings over that span. Weaver faced the Cubs in his big-league debut last season and gave up two runs over four innings in a no-decision. Jason Heyward followed Russell with a run-scoring double. He's 12-and-11 with a 3.63 ERA this season.

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