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

PITTSBURGH (AP) Anthony Rizzo hardly looks like a typical leadoff hitter. The Chicago Cubs' 6-foot-3, 240-pound first baseman isn't much of a stolen base threat and he doesn't exactly motor down the line. But there's more than one way to challenge opposing pitchers, and Rizzo has done just that when batting first.

Against the Pirates on Sunday, Rizzo homered among his three hits to lead Chicago to a 7-1 victory. The defending World Series champions took two of three in Pittsburgh and improved to 34-34.

Rizzo opened the game with a double and scored in the first inning. He singled and scored in the third, then hit a two-run homer in the seventh. The home run was Rizzo's 16th of the year, surpassing Kris Bryant for the team lead.

Not bad for a leadoff man.

''It's crazy,'' Rizzo said. ''It's weird. It's funny. But it's great. . If we win ballgames, I'll be the leadoff hitter for the rest of my career. It's all about winning. I'll just say it's different.''

Since manager Joe Maddon moved Rizzo to the leadoff spot last Tuesday, he's hitting .409 with three home runs and two doubles in five games.

''Gosh, the way he started the game again and got the momentum rolling,'' Maddon said. ''I think he likes doing it. He likes the idea of getting that extra at-bat.''

Cubs starter John Lackey (5-7) allowed two hits and struck out four over six innings. Lackey kept the ball on the ground and kept the Pirates off balance all day.

''He was just locating,'' Pittsburgh shortstop Jordy Mercer said. ''His fastball was really good. He doesn't throw as hard as he used to, but it doesn't matter if you locate. If you locate consistently and make guys expand a little bit when you need to, that always works.''

Carl Edwards Jr., Hector Rondon and Brian Duensing completed the three-hitter for the Cubs.

Willson Contreras drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, and John Jay had three hits with an RBI and scored twice. Ian Happ added a solo homer in the ninth, his eighth of the season.

The first four Chicago runs came against Jameson Taillon (3-2), who made his second start since returning from surgery to treat testicular cancer. Taillon gave up eight hits in five innings while striking out four.

Mercer homered leading off the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: RF Jason Heyward exited in the fourth inning with a left hand abrasion. Heyward injured himself attempting to play a ball in foul territory in the second. He attempted to stay in the game after getting it taped up and popped out at the plate in the third. ... SS Addison Russell did not start to rest a sore right ankle. Russell hurt it running the bases on Saturday.

Pirates: RHP Juan Nicasio didn't pitch for the second consecutive game. ''He felt a little something,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We just wanted to calm it down so he can get back out there.'' ... C Chris Stewart was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and C Jacob Stallings was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Stewart had been out since May 30 with a left hamstring strain.

UP NEXT

Cubs: Return home for a three-game series against San Diego beginning Monday night. Jon Lester (4-4, 3.89 ERA) will face former Cubs pitcher Clayton Richard. Chicago is 20-15 at Wrigley Field this season.

Pirates: Travel to Milwaukee for a four-game series with the Brewers that starts Monday night. Gerrit Cole (4-6, 4.54) will try to build off his last outings, a seven-inning effort that snapped a streak of four straight appearances of five innings or fewer.

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PiratesPIT31-38
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  • W: J. Lackey (5-7)L: J. Taillon (3-2)
  • HR: CHC - A. Rizzo (16), I. Happ (8), PIT - J. Mercer (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rizzo 1B53321011.263.395.510.90511.5
I. Happ 2B31111101.223.316.544.8607.0
W. Contreras C50330020.254.320.411.7317.0
J. Heyward RF20000003.258.315.399.7140.0
K. Schwarber LF30100011.179.298.390.6881.5
A. Almora CF40000024.275.326.389.716-1.0
T. La Stella 3B40000002.290.436.484.9200.0
J. Baez SS41200010.247.284.467.7513.5
J. Lackey P20000010.185.185.222.407-0.5
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Arrieta PH10000010.129.129.290.419-0.5
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B. Duensing P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Jay RF42310000.319.393.395.7886.0
  • a-struck out for Edwards in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier LF30000110.283.362.393.7550.5
J. Harrison 2B40000011.298.365.456.822-0.5
G. Polanco RF30000110.241.313.366.6790.5
D. Freese 3B40100002.261.367.400.7671.0
J. Bell 1B30000101.236.320.463.7831.0
A. McCutchen CF30000013.257.332.466.798-0.5
E. Diaz C30100003.319.385.468.8531.0
J. Mercer SS31111003.279.356.421.7776.0
J. Taillon P10000010.083.083.083.167-0.5
a- J. Osuna PH10000000.252.304.458.7620.0
W. LeBlanc P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
J. Marinez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Moroff PH10000000.130.276.174.4500.0
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-grounded out for Taillon in the 5th
  • b-flied out for Santana in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rizzo (14), W. Contreras 2 (14), K. Schwarber (10), J. Baez (8)
  • HR - A. Rizzo (16), I. Happ (8)
  • SH - I. Happ, J. Lackey (2)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (45), I. Happ (16), W. Contreras 3 (31), J. Jay (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - I. Happ (11)
BATTING
  • HR - J. Mercer (6)
  • RBI - J. Mercer (25)
FIELDING
  • DP - A. Rizzo, J. Baez, I. Happ
  • E - J. Baez (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lackey (W, 5-7)6.02113414.981.3424.0
C. Edwards1.01000001.910.852.0
H. Rondon1.00000104.561.173.5
B. Duensing1.00000003.231.213.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Lackey (W, 5-7)6.0
C. Edwards1.0
H. Rondon1.0
B. Duensing1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (L, 3-2)5.08441403.381.39-1.0
W. LeBlanc1.23220114.201.16-1.5
J. Marinez0.10000104.131.680.5
E. Santana1.00000204.151.854.0
T. Watson1.02110114.941.580.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (L, 3-2)5.0
W. LeBlanc1.2
J. Marinez0.1
E. Santana1.0
T. Watson1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lackey 95-56, C. Edwards 15-8, H. Rondon 13-8, B. Duensing 10-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lackey 10-4, C. Edwards 2-0, H. Rondon 1-1, B. Duensing 3-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lackey 23, C. Edwards 3, H. Rondon 3, B. Duensing 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 78-52, W. LeBlanc 31-23, J. Marinez 3-3, E. Santana 9-7, T. Watson 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 8-2, W. LeBlanc 1-3, T. Watson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 23, W. LeBlanc 8, J. Marinez, E. Santana 3, T. Watson 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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PiratesPIT31-38
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rizzo 1B53321011.263.395.510.90511.5
I. Happ 2B31111101.223.316.544.8607.0
W. Contreras C50330020.254.320.411.7317.0
J. Heyward RF20000003.258.315.399.7140.0
K. Schwarber LF30100011.179.298.390.6881.5
A. Almora CF40000024.275.326.389.716-1.0
T. La Stella 3B40000002.290.436.484.9200.0
J. Baez SS41200010.247.284.467.7513.5
J. Lackey P20000010.185.185.222.407-0.5
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Arrieta PH10000010.129.129.290.419-0.5
H. Rondon P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Duensing P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Jay RF42310000.319.393.395.7886.0
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  • a-struck out for Edwards in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier LF30000110.283.362.393.7550.5
J. Harrison 2B40000011.298.365.456.822-0.5
G. Polanco RF30000110.241.313.366.6790.5
D. Freese 3B40100002.261.367.400.7671.0
J. Bell 1B30000101.236.320.463.7831.0
A. McCutchen CF30000013.257.332.466.798-0.5
E. Diaz C30100003.319.385.468.8531.0
J. Mercer SS31111003.279.356.421.7776.0
J. Taillon P10000010.083.083.083.167-0.5
a- J. Osuna PH10000000.252.304.458.7620.0
W. LeBlanc P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
J. Marinez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Moroff PH10000000.130.276.174.4500.0
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Taillon in the 5th
  • b-flied out for Santana in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rizzo (14), W. Contreras 2 (14), K. Schwarber (10), J. Baez (8)
  • HR - A. Rizzo (16), I. Happ (8)
  • SH - I. Happ, J. Lackey (2)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (45), I. Happ (16), W. Contreras 3 (31), J. Jay (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - I. Happ (11)
BATTING
  • HR - J. Mercer (6)
  • RBI - J. Mercer (25)
FIELDING
  • DP - A. Rizzo, J. Baez, I. Happ
  • E - J. Baez (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lackey (W, 5-7)6.02113414.981.3424.0
C. Edwards1.01000001.910.852.0
H. Rondon1.00000104.561.173.5
B. Duensing1.00000003.231.213.0
Total9.0311351---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lackey (W, 5-7)6.0
C. Edwards1.0
H. Rondon1.0
B. Duensing1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (L, 3-2)5.08441403.381.39-1.0
W. LeBlanc1.23220114.201.16-1.5
J. Marinez0.10000104.131.680.5
E. Santana1.00000204.151.854.0
T. Watson1.02110114.941.580.5
Total9.01377192---
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (L, 3-2)5.0
W. LeBlanc1.2
J. Marinez0.1
E. Santana1.0
T. Watson1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lackey 95-56, C. Edwards 15-8, H. Rondon 13-8, B. Duensing 10-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lackey 10-4, C. Edwards 2-0, H. Rondon 1-1, B. Duensing 3-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lackey 23, C. Edwards 3, H. Rondon 3, B. Duensing 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 78-52, W. LeBlanc 31-23, J. Marinez 3-3, E. Santana 9-7, T. Watson 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 8-2, W. LeBlanc 1-3, T. Watson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 23, W. LeBlanc 8, J. Marinez, E. Santana 3, T. Watson 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Happ homered to center71
  • 7TH INNING
    Rizzo homered to right center, Jay scored61
  • 5TH INNING
    homered to left41
  • 4TH INNING
    Jay singled to shallow left, Baez scored40
  • 3RD INNING
    Contreras doubled to left, Jay and Rizzo scored, Happ to third30
  • 1ST INNING
    Contreras doubled to deep center, Rizzo scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Tony Watson pitching
    • J. Jay: Jay grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rizzo lined out to third
    • I. Happ: Happ homered to center
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras singled to center
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brian Duensing relieved Hector Rondon
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to first
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Freese grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bell grounded out to third
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Edgar Santana relieved Jhan Marinez
    • T. La Stella: La Stella lined out to right
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • Jake Arrieta hit for Carl Edwards
    • J. Arrieta: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Arrieta struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Hector Rondon pitching
    • Max Moroff hit for Edgar Santana
    • M. Moroff: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Moroff flied out to right
    • A. Frazier: Frazier grounded out to first
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Harrison struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Jay singled to left
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo homered to right center, Jay scored
    • I. Happ: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Happ flied out to left
    • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Schwarber doubled to deep right
    • Jhan Marinez relieved Wade LeBlanc
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Carl Edwards relieved John Lackey
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen grounded out to pitcher
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Diaz singled to left
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercer grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Diaz out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Wade LeBlanc pitching
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Foul, La Stella grounded out to first
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Baez fouled out to catcher
    • J. Lackey: Foul, Strike swinging, Lackey flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to first
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freese grounded out to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Osuna grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Harrison grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Baez doubled to deep right
    • J. Lackey: Foul, Lackey hit sacrifice bunt to first, Baez to third
    • J. Jay: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jay singled to shallow left, Baez scored
    • A. Rizzo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Rizzo struck out on foul tip
    • I. Happ: Happ grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Schwarber in left
    • Jon Jay in right
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay singled to center
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rizzo singled to right, Jay to third
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Happ walked, Rizzo to second
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Contreras doubled to left, Jay and Rizzo scored, Happ to third
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward lined out to second
    • A. Almora: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, La Stella grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Taillon struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Harrison grounded out to third, Frazier to second
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
    • D. Freese: Freese flied out to right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, La Stella grounded out to first
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Baez singled to left
    • J. Lackey: Foul, Strike looking, Baez out at second, Ball, Strike looking, Lackey struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Freese singled to center
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Bell safe at first on 2nd baseman Baez fielding error, Freese to second
    • A. McCutchen: McCutchen flied out to right
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Diaz popped out to second
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Mercer lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo doubled to deep left
    • I. Happ: Happ hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Rizzo to third
    • W. Contreras: Contreras doubled to deep center, Rizzo scored
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heyward grounded out to second, Contreras to third
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Foul, Almora popped out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • J. Harrison: Foul, Foul, Harrison grounded out to second
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)