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Rizzo, Cubs rally with 6 runs in 9th inning for 9-5 win over Pirates
Saturday Jun 17, 2017 12:00am

Rizzo, Cubs rally with 6 runs in 9th inning for 9-5 win over Pirates
(PITTSBURGH) – Anthony Rizzo just missed a chance at making history at the start of the game but was happy with the ending. Rizzo almost led off his third straight game with a homer, losing his bid after a replay review, before helping key a six-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 on Friday night. The Cubs won for just the third time in nine games, putting the World Series champions back at .500 with a 33-33 mark. Manager Joe Maddon wasn't around to see the comeback, he was ejected in the first inning after Rizzo's drive into the Allegheny River was initially called fair, then ruled foul. In Rizzo's first two tries as a leadoff man in his seven-year career, the slugging first baseman who usually bats cleanup led off both games this week with home runs against the New York Mets at Citi Field. The record for most consecutive games with a leadoff home run is three by Brady Anderson in 1996 for the Baltimore Orioles. Rizzo had a two run single, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, and Addison Russell had a two-run double. Closer Wade Davis gave up a run in the ninth, but struck out Josh Harrison and Gregory Polanco with the bases loaded to end it. Koji Uehera (2-3) pitched a scoreless inning.

Washington 7 – NY Mets 2
Arizona 5 – Philadelphia 4
LA Dodgers 3 – Cincinnati 1
Miami 5 – Atlanta 0
Milwaukee 6 – San Diego 5 (10 innings)
Colorado 10 – San Francisco 8

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