Contreras hits HR, Baez scores on error, Cubs beat Padres

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R.A. Dickey threw seven scoreless innings, Matt Adams hit another homer and the Atlanta Braves sent the San Francisco Giants to their seventh straight loss, a 9-0 rout Monday night.

This isn't the 2015 Cubs fighting to create their own identity and take down the St. Louis Cardinals.

Coming off winning their first World Series title in a very long time, it hasn't been the greatest year so far for the Cubbies.

But it was a play from Anthony Rizzo in the sixth inning that had the Padres upset. After Wednesday's finale, the Cubs embark on an 11-day, 11-game road trip that takes them to Miami, Washington and Cincinnati.

(1) A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate), or otherwise initiate an avoidable collision. Hedges - a promising catcher the Padres drafted during the Jed Hoyer/Jason McLeod administration - tumbled backwards and held onto the ball for the double play that preserved a 2-1 lead before leaving with a bruised right thigh.

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"I'd much prefer what Riz did tonight". He caught the ball toward the plate. He went towards the plate. "It's a play where I'm out by two steps". I slid in there. "It's just one of those plays where it's unfortunate he had to exit".

Rizzo wasn't buying Green's after-the-fact complaint.

"It's insane", Rizzo said. "The rule exists to protect that catcher ..."

Rizzo has reached base to lead off a game in six straight games and became the fifth Cubs player to do so since 1946.

Anthony Rizzo posted three hits, which saw a two-run homer No. 150 of his career to lead the Cubs to a 7-1 victory against the Pirates, 7Sunday.

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Maddon - an anti-rules guy in general - has never been a fan of The Buster Posey Rule. Pick a side on that one and you'll have your answer. "If the guy's in the way, you're still able to hit him". "I was just trusting we would do the same and grind back in that ball game and the huge sixth inning there was awesome, Russ with the big hit and we kept going". I guess it kind of makes it more fun. And what he did was right, absolutely right, so there's nothing wrong with that.

"I like starting", Montgomery told reporters recently. The catcher's in the way. "You hit him, just like Rizz did".

St. Louis' Lance Lynn (5-4) allowed seven runs and nine hits with five strikeouts and a career-high four home runs over 4 2/3 innings. Albert Almora Jr. put up the game-winning run on his 7th inning double, while Javier Baez and Jon Jay each added base hits of their own in the win. But he struck out Wil Myers swinging and got Hunter Renfroe to ground out to earn his 14th save.

But the lasting image will be Rizzo vs. Hedges.

"Gosh, the way he started the game again and got the momentum rolling", Maddon said.

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"That's part of baseball", Lester said. I don't think anyone's doing anything selfishly. "I'd have to take a look at it".

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