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Anthony Rizzo Continues Surge as Cubs Romp to Win Over Pirates

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 18: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs is greeted by Jason Heyward #22 after coming around to score on an RBI double by Willson Contreras in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 18, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. MLB players across the league are wearing special uniforms to commemorate Father's Day. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

    John Lackey and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and Anthony Rizzo homered among his three hits to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Sunday.

    The defending World Series champions took two of three in Pittsburgh and improved to 34-34 this season.

    Lackey (5-7) allowed two hits and struck out four over six innings. Carl Edwards Jr., Hector Rondon and Brian Duensing finished up for the Cubs.

    Batting leadoff, Rizzo doubled and scored in the first, singled and scored in the third and 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.

    Willson Contreras drove in three runs with a pair of doubles. John Jay had three hits with an RBI and scored twice.

    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.

    Ian Happ added a solo homer in the ninth, his eighth of the season.

    Jordy Mercer homered leading off the fifth for the Pirates.

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