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Anthony Rizzo had his second consecutive four-hit game going 8 for 9 and raising his batting average to .299 He’s riding a nine-game hitting streak during which he’s gone 16-for-37 (.432) with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and eight runs scored.

1. A Kris Bryant RBI single in the eighth was the difference-maker.
2. Albert Almora Jr. hit a two-run homer.
3. Pitching and defense were both a bit spotty on Sunday with Lackey giving up the lead twice and Baez having some crucial lapses in the field.
4. Hector Rondon had no issues in the ninth for his 14th save.
5. The Cubs rotation vs Texas Rangers post break will be Hendricks, Hammel, Lackey

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