Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Lackey deals, Rizzo leads offense as Cubs beat Pirates 7-1

Lackey deals, Rizzo leads offense as Cubs beat Pirates 7-1

Rizzo opened the game with a double and scored in the first inning.

Cubs manager, Joe Maddon, had a very, very short night as he was ejected in the first inning.

Anthony Rizzo just missed a chance at making history at the start of the game.

Rizzo's first-pitch double to lead things off on Sunday makes him 4-for-5 as the leadoff man, including his two home runs last week.

The defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs have been searching for a leadoff batter all season since losing last year's leadoff batter, Dexter Fowler, to free agency.

Bell shattered Butler's shutout bid in the fifth with a 418-foot home run to the notch in left-center field. They struck out just five times, but hit 14 groundouts. Arrieta cruised through four scoreless innings but ended up allowing four runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings and left with the bases loaded. "At least, we won the game and that's all that really matters", he said. He's hit three home runs in his last five games. Tony Watson, who was removed as the closer last week in favor of a Nicasco-Felipe Rivero combo, gave up a go-ahead single to pinch-hitter Jon Jay.

"(Catcher Francisco Cervelli) came up to me and just said, 'Why are you trying so hard? "This year, I'm not anxious about it because this is my third year and I think I know them pretty well and I know who they are". "They did their part". Rizzo then singled and came around to score in the third inning, then crushed a two-run homer in the seventh.

"You just keep playing - that's all you can do", Russell said. "We've had actually a better flow to the offense with him hitting there".

The Los Angeles Dodgers crushed the Cincinnati Reds 10-2, the Tampa Bay Rays edged the Detroit Tigers 3-2 and the San Diego Padres had an 11-inning, 7-5 win against the Milwaukee Brewers. Tommy La Stella singled.

"There was a lot of emotion going into (the) game", said Saturday's starter Ivan Nova.

INDIANS 8, TWINS 1: At Minneapolis, Carlos Carrasco pitched one-hit ball into the sixth inning, Jose Ramirez had three hits and Edwin Encarnacion homered for Cleveland. It looked like they found something Friday night, when they erupted for six runs in the ninth to rally for a win. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle opted to keep Polanco in the third spot in the batting order anyway, and Polanco delivered with a line-drive home run over the wall in right field that put the Pirates up 2-0 in the first inning.

Cubs: INF/OF Ben Zobrist (inflamed right wrist) was placed on the 10-day DL, retroactive to June 13, and is expected to be activated when first eligible June 24. Jason Heyward and Albert Almora Jr. stranded Contreras at second.

Each of the first eight batters against Pirates starter Trevor Williams faced reached base - two walked, two doubled, two singled and two got on via a fielder's choice. Baz, who turns 18 on Saturday, starred at Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball, Texas.

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