Rizzo homers in Cubs' 6-4 loss to Cardinals

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm •  Published: April 13, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — First baseman Anthony Rizzo says the Chicago Cubs have a positive attitude.

And it begins with first-year manager Rick Renteria.

"It all starts with him," Rizzo said. "He's very upbeat, very positive. We've been staying in games and we know we're good and capable of winning them."

Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the first inning of the Cubs' 6-4 loss at St. Louis on Sunday.

Chicago has dropped eight of its first 12 games, but Rizzo says the team is more aggressive than last season, when it got off to a 5-13 start and never recovered.

"A lot of it is guys improving," Rizzo said. "And we've got some new faces. You've got to keep grinding in close games and eventually we're going to flip it around and win some close ones.

I'm still very positive."

Chicago battled back from a three-run deficit on Sunday and put the tying runs on base against St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal.

"Every day we're in it until the end," Renteria said. "If we keep pushing, at some point, it's got to turn. I think if we were playing really bad baseball, I'd be concerned. But the reality is, we're showing a lot of fight and we're picking each other up."

St. Louis right-hander Michael Wacha overcame a 46-minute rain delay and Matt Carpenter drove in three runs, leading the Cardinals.

St. Louis has won four of six.

Chicago has lost three of four.

Rain has figured in all three of Wacha's starts this season. He actually seemed to embrace a third-inning downpour that halted play against the Cubs.

"I'm used to it," he said. "You just have to accept it and you've got to stay focused. I tried to stay loose and just keep my mind in what I needed to do."

Wacha's first start of the season was delayed in starting by 2 hours and 40 minutes. He endured a short 12-minute delay at the outset of his second outing.

Wacha (2-0) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings Sunday. He gave up a two-run homer to Rizzo on the 16th pitch of the game, but allowed just one run and three hits the rest of the way. He struck out eight and walked one.

"At the start, I was a little erratic, but I was able to settle down a little bit," he said. "I got some quick innings and some quick outs."

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny says Wacha has the mental makeup to handle lengthy or short delays.

"He's strong and he knows what to do out there," Matheny said. "He keeps a good focus. I felt like his curveball was a lot better after the delay.

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