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Chicago (26-36) «2001022007111
Pittsburgh (30-34)0021000003100

Cubs 7, Pirates 3

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CHICAGO -- All eyes were supposed to be on Gregory Polanco. But thanks to his new-found success against left-handed pitchers, Anthony Rizzo stole the show.

Rizzo homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 Tuesday night, spoiling Polanco's much-anticipated debut.

Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the first inning off lefty Francisco Liriano, who came out in the fourth with discomfort on his right side. Rizzo also doubled and scored in the fourth and hit an RBI double in the seventh, a drive to deep right-center that struck Polanco's left wrist as the touted Pirates rookie tried to make the catch.

Rizzo has five home runs and a .344 batting average in 61 at-bats against left-handers this season. Last year, he batted .189 with seven homers against southpaws in 189 at-bats.

''I feel more comfortable against them now and it's the best I've ever hit left-handers at any level,'' Rizzo said. ''I don't know if I'll ever figure lefties out -- or right-handers, either -- but I do feel confident against them.''

Rizzo has every reason to feel confident. He has five homers in his last 10 games, raising his season total to 13.

''You can talk about mechanics and scouting reports and everything else, but the biggest thing in this game is confidence,'' Rizzo said. ''If you step into the batter's box with confidence, then you're giving yourself a much better chance to hit.''

Polanco went 1 for 5 after getting called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, where the right fielder was leading the International League with a .347 batting average and 49 RBI in 62 games.

''It was a lot of fun,'' he said. ''It was exciting. I was a little nervous at first but then I relaxed and had fun.''

Pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena's two-run double off Casey Sadler (0-1) broke a 3-all tie in the sixth and put Chicago ahead for good.

Travis Wood (6-5) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings.

''It was a grind at times but I got through it,'' Wood said.

Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer for the Pirates, his ninth of the season and fifth in nine June games.

Valbuena and Junior Lake each had two hits for the Cubs, as did Pittsburgh's Russell Martin and Starling Marte.

Rizzo scored on a single by Starlin Castro in the seventh to push Chicago's lead to 7-3.

Rizzo's homer put the Cubs up 2-0, but the Pirates tied it on McCutchen's drive in the third.

In the top of the fourth, Rizzo led off with a double and scored on Darwin Barney's double. Pittsburgh tied it again in the bottom half on pinch-hitter Jose Tabata's RBI double.

''Rizzo's blast there in the first inning kind of got us rolling and we did a good job of adding on runs after that,'' Chicago manager Rick Renteria said.

Liriano allowed two runs in three-plus innings. He bent over and held his back after throwing a pitch to Rizzo, then left the mound after a few warmup pitches.

After leading the Pirates with 16 wins last season, Liriano has struggled this year. He is 1-6 with a 4.60 ERA in 14 starts.

Liriano will almost certainly miss his scheduled start Sunday in Miami and could land on the disabled list. Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole (right shoulder fatigue) went on the DL on Sunday and second baseman Neil Walker (appendectomy) followed him Tuesday.

Notes

The Cubs released RHP Jose Veras, one week after designating him for assignment. He was 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in 12 relief appearances while going 0 for 2 on save chances. ... Pittsburgh 3B Pedro Alvarez got the night off. He is 1 for 18 against Wood. ... Chicago RHP Jason Hammel (6-3, 2.53 ERA) is scheduled to start Wednesday night against RHP Brandon Cumpton (1-2, 6.51).

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Rizzo
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Pittsburgh

A. McCutchen
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, CF5010010 .268
Junior Lake, LF5220010 .242
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4333000 .284
Starlin Castro, SS3111111 .277
Justin Ruggiano, RF2110001 .246
Mike Olt, 3B2000022 .151
   a-Luis Valbuena, PH-3B2022000 .276
Darwin Barney, 2B4011002 .200
Eli Whiteside, C4000023 .000
Travis Wood, P3000000 .240
   Brian Schlitter, P00000001.000
   Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
   Pedro Strop, P0000000 .000
   b-Nate Schierholtz, PH1000000 .221
   James Russell, P0000000 .000
   Neil Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Totals35711717  
a-doubled for Olt in the 6th
b-grounded out for Strop in the 9th
Batting
2B - Anthony Rizzo 2 (9, Gomez), Luis Valbuena (15, Sadler), Darwin Barney (5, Gomez)
HR - Anthony Rizzo (13, Liriano)
RBI - Anthony Rizzo 3 (36), Starlin Castro (32), Luis Valbuena 2 (15), Darwin Barney (12)
2-OUT RBI - Anthony Rizzo (8), Starlin Castro (7), Darwin Barney (5)
SB - Junior Lake (7, 2nd base off Liriano/Martin)
CS - Emilio Bonifacio (6, 2nd base by Hughes/Martin), Justin Ruggiano (3, 2nd base by Liriano/Martin)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Castro-Barney-Rizzo, Castro-Barney-Rizzo-Valbuena-Rizzo, Castro-Barney-Rizzo-Valbuena-Rizzo-Valbuena-Barney-Rizzo
E - Starlin Castro (10, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (W,6-5) 6.2933221 4.95
Brian Schlitter 0000100 2.43
Wesley Wright (H,6) 0.1000000 2.79
Pedro Strop 1100010 4.34
James Russell 0000100 3.00
Neil Ramirez 1000010 0.60
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 99-63, Brian Schlitter 5-1, Wesley Wright 1-1, Pedro Strop 12-10, James Russell 7-3, Neil Ramirez 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 6-10, Pedro Strop 2-0
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 29, Brian Schlitter 1, Wesley Wright 1, Pedro Strop 4, James Russell 1, Neil Ramirez 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Josh Harrison, 3B4011011 .288
Gregory Polanco, RF5110014 .200
Andrew McCutchen, CF4122101 .312
Gaby Sanchez, 1B2000101 .248
   a-Ike Davis, PH-1B1000002 .244
Russell Martin, C4020002 .269
Starling Marte, LF4020011 .244
Jordy Mercer, SS3100112 .219
Clint Barmes, 2B4010003 .219
Francisco Liriano, P1000000 .095
   Jeanmar Gomez, P00000001.000
   b-Jose Tabata, PH1010000 .299
   Casey Sadler, P0000000 .000
   Justin Wilson, P0000000 .000
   c-Travis Snider, PH1000000 .230
   Jared Hughes, P0000000 .000
   d-Pedro Alvarez, PH0000100 .239
Totals34310344  
a-popped out for G. Sanchez in the 7th
b-singled for Gomez in the 4th
c-grounded out for Wilson in the 7th
d-walked for Hughes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Josh Harrison (9, Wood), Starling Marte (12, Wood)
HR - Andrew McCutchen (9, Wood)
SF - Josh Harrison (1)
RBI - Josh Harrison (15), Andrew McCutchen 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen 2 (9)
SB - Gaby Sanchez (2, 2nd base off Wood/Whiteside), Russell Martin (1, 2nd base off Wood/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Mercer-Barmes-Davis
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Francisco Liriano 3322041 4.60
Jeanmar Gomez 1211010 4.09
Casey Sadler (L,0-1) 2.2444110 6.23
Justin Wilson 0.1000000 4.44
Jared Hughes 2200010 1.96
HBP - Ruggiano (by Jeanmar Gomez), Ruggiano (by Casey Sadler)
Pitches-Strikes - Francisco Liriano 52-35, Jeanmar Gomez 21-10, Casey Sadler 43-28, Justin Wilson 2-1, Jared Hughes 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Francisco Liriano 3-1, Jeanmar Gomez 1-1, Casey Sadler 5-2, Justin Wilson 1-0, Jared Hughes 3-0
Batters Faced - Francisco Liriano 11, Jeanmar Gomez 6, Casey Sadler 14, Justin Wilson 1, Jared Hughes 6
Game Information
Attendance - 31567
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Tom Woodring, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Dan Bellino