The Chicago Cubs have captured five straight home series after taking one against an NL contender to open this six-game homestand.
They'll welcome another one of the league's top teams to Wrigley Field on Monday night in the start of a three-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Chicago (42-58) improved to an NL-best 12-3 at home since June 25 after winning the final two games of a weekend series against St. Louis. Anthony Rizzo hit his first career walk-off homer with a two-run shot in the 10th inning in Sunday's 4-2 victory.
"This is something I've always dreamed of doing since I was a little kid," said Rizzo, who is 7 for 15 with three homers and seven RBIs over his last four contests. "I've never done it before - not in the minors, not in Little League, not ever. This is awesome."
These teams are meeting again after the Cubs outscored Pittsburgh 9-4 in taking two of three at PNC Park last week.
The Pirates' Erik Bedard (5-11, 4.32 ERA) was a hard-luck loser in a 2-0 defe...