Rizzo's leadoff homer streak ends _ barely, on replay review

Anthony Rizzo nearly led off his third straight game with a homer, losing his bid on a replay reversal, before helping key a six-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 Friday night in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Anthony Rizzo hardly looks like a typical leadoff hitter.

BALTIMORE - Jonathan Schoop homered twice and drove in four runs, Manny Machado went deep in a seven-run second inning against Adam Wainwright and Baltimore beat St. Louis.

Chicago (34-34) took two of three against the Pirates - their first road series win in more than six weeks, since winning two of three at PNC Park on April 24-26.

Rizzo was not ejected from the game despite shouting obscenities. With Iowa, La Stella was hitting.213 with a.266 slugging percentage, one home run and four RBIs.

Not bad for a leadoff man. "That's the type of offense I know we can be when everyone is clicking". "I kept trying to get that third out and I just never got it". Rizzo drew a walk of Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams.

No, and lately it doesn't get started until he leads off the game with a hit. "I hit it on a line, but I didn't think it was going to go out". While backup Miguel Montero has surprised this season with his bat, Contreras has disappointed; getting the exuberant catcher back on track offensively is imperative to the Cubs' continued success. Lackey kept the ball on the ground and kept the Pirates off balance all day.

There's just something about Pittsburgh. "His fastball was really good". "You can ask him for one inning, he'll throw one inning". Carl Edwards Jr., Hector Rondon and Brian Duensing finished up for the Cubs.

Willson Contreras drove in three runs with a pair of doubles. The only run he allowed came on Eddie Rosario's solo homer leading off the sixth.

NATIONALS 7, METS 1: At New York, Max Scherzer struck out 10 over eight masterful innings to reach double digits for the fifth straight start and limited New York to four hits. The Cubs did, however, lose Jason Heyward as he left the game with an abrasion on his wrist that he suffered in the field. He got that in the second inning sliding to attempt to catch a foul ball. Cubs SS Addison Russell, who twisted an ankle rounding second Saturday night, was available to play but given the day off.

Nova allowed Russell's home run in the sixth but stayed in the game and pumped his fists after striking out pinch-hitter Jon Jay with the tying run on in the seventh. The surge came against Juan Nicasio and Tony Watson, who came in when Rivero needed 20 pitches to get out of the eighth against the top of Chicago's lineup.

I think Pittsburgh has been playing a bit better then Chicago so I'll take a shot with them... Stewart had been out since May 30 with a left hamstring strain.

The win once again puts the Cubs at.500 as they'll return home for a brief series with the San Diego Padres. The Cubs still haven't found a groove after absorbing a 4-3 loss at PNC Park on Saturday night.

Despite their struggles so far, the Cubs are only 2.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the N.L. Central.

  • Julie Sanders