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

21 August 2009 Cubs Mike Quade and Lester Strode during regular season MLB game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles CA

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

But after a review, umpires ruled it foul. He lasted just 1.2 innings Saturday, giving up seven hits (three of which were homers) a walk and nine earned runs. So when starter Eddie Butler took the field, umpires quickly informed him the sleeves had to go. "This year, I'm not anxious about it because this is my third year and I think I know them pretty well and I know who they are". Bell got the Bucs on the board with a solo homer in the fifth inning and added a two-run triple in the sixth.

"It seemed like everybody contributed in that inning", Russell said.

The Los Angeles Dodgers crushed the Cincinnati Reds 10-2, the Tampa Bay Rays edged the Detroit Tigers 3-2 and the San Diego Padres had an 11-inning, 7-5 win against the Milwaukee Brewers. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle opted to keep Polanco in the third spot in the batting order anyway, and Polanco delivered with a line-drive home run over the wall in right field that put the Pirates up 2-0 in the first inning.

Maddon was among the Chicago contingent who argued vehemently, and he got ejected.

"It's a good win for us, even at first", Rizzo said after hitting a two-run single during a six-run ninth. Both were on full display as Maddon watched from the dugout and Nova watched from the trainer's room.

"They might have thought it was foul, but nobody was sure it was foul".

The Homestead Grays perhaps have had their uniform worn in more Major League Baseball games than any other Negro league club, the Pirates and Washington Nationals have worn the Grays uniform a combined sixteen times previously, the Nationals doing so to acknowledge those split-seasons in the 40s.

Jose Abreu hit a two-run triple and scored on Todd Frazier's sacrifice fly in the first, and a throwing error by Blue Jays starter Joe Biagini made it 4-0 later in the inning.

Pittsburgh didn't manufacture anything out of its first hit, a one-out single by Josh Harrison in the fourth, but its second hit off Butler was Bell's leadoff homer to left-center in the fifth, making it 3-1.

"I started to get exhausted", Butler said. My job is to locate my pitches and pitch 92 or 93. (I was) just ready to hit.

The Cubs trailed 4-3 going into the final frame.

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.

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