Bryant hits 2 HRs, Rizzo connects as Cubs beat Pirates 6-1

The Chicago Cubs' Ben Zobrist, right, celebrates with Anthony Rizzo after scoring on a triple by Kris Bryant during the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday in Chicago. (AP photo)


AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO — No matter how easy they made it look a year ago, Anthony Rizzo insisted the Chicago Cubs in no way expected to breeze through another season.

If this is a turning point, well, there still is plenty of room for improvement.

Kris Bryant hit two homers and drove in four runs, Rizzo went deep and the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 on Friday.

“We didn’t think we were just going to roll out there and win,” Rizzo said. “This league’s too good. Teams are too good. We know that everyone in the league is just getting better.”

The Cubs won 103 games last season and brought home their first World Series championship since 1908. But they’ve hovered around .500 all season and haven’t put together back-to-back wins since they took three in a row June 18-20.