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

Ebony Scott
June 18, 2017

Pittsburgh (31-37) bounced back from allowing six runs in the ninth inning of a 9-5 loss to Chicago (33-34) on Friday.

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.

Check out the dinger in question along with Rizzo's expletive-heavy reaction in the videos below! Rizzo began the game with what looked like his third leadoff home run this season, but after a replay review, the umpires overturned the home run. Maddon proceeded to argue the decision and was thrown out of the game by third base umpire Jeff Kellogg.

Cubs starter Eddie Butler allowed four runs and four hits with three walks and no strikeouts through 5 2/3 innings after initially shutting down the Pirates.

"They just came in aggressively and made their hits and their swings", said Nicasio, who was charged with four runs without recording an out.

"I've been trying to make flawless pitches, especially early".

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"The last two years, besides this year, I've been anxious so much about the hitters", Rivero said. "They did their part".

McCutchen belted a solo shot to left field off Justin Grimm that extended his hitting streak to eight games and pushed Pittsburgh's lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth. Davis got the last laugh by striking out Josh Harrison, and Gregory Polanco to end the game.

DIAMONDBACKS 5, PHILLIES 4: At Philadelphia, Gregor Blanco hit a tying two-run homer and Jake Lamb drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to rally Arizona.

Marlins 5, Braves 0: Dan Straily pitched into the seventh inning and Christian Yelich drove in three runs for Miami. Andrew McCutchen drove in Bell with a single in the sixth for a 4-3 lead. Instead, Juan Nicasio gave up doubles to him and Willson Contreras along with a single to Tommy La Stella. Heyward is back on Friday though, hitting fifth versus Trevor Williams and the Pirates.

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.

It was the second start in a row Arrieta (6-5) has not made it out of the fifth inning and the fourth time this season he has failed to reach the sixth. La Stella was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Baz, who turned 18 on Saturday, had been committed to play college baseball at TCU, but quickly decided after being chosen by the Pirates that it was the right fit for him.

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