ANAHEIM, Calif. — Anthony Rizzo grounded out to first base in each of his first four plate appearances. Then he finally got a hit his next time up, and did even better in his final at-bat.
Rizzo had a bases-clearing double in the 10th inning and the Chicago Cubs overcame a pair of homers by Mark Trumbo to beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-6 on Wednesday night.
Rookie Robert Coello (3-2) walked Dioner Navarro with one out in the Cubs’ 10th and Darwin Barney singled with two outs. Barney advanced on catcher’s indifference and Luis Valbuena walked before Rizzo doubled into the right-field corner, increasing his team-high total to 39 RBIs.
Trumbo tied it at 5 in the eighth with a mammoth leadoff drive to right-center against James Russell, and added his team-high 15th of the season in the 10th.
Howie Kendrick homered and had four hits for the Angels, who have lost seven of 10 following an eight-game winning streak.
“We put up a pretty good effort today, and that’s what you want to see,” Trumbo said. “Unfortunately, they were just a little better.”
Kevin Gregg (2-0) pitched the final 1 1-3 innings for the victory against his former team. He struck out Hank Conger swinging with two runners on to end the game.