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Rizzo connects for his 200th career HR

@MLBastian
May 7, 2019

CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo took just a moment to admire his shot and then casually dropped his bat as the Wrigley Field crowd roared. In the first inning against the Marlins on Monday night, Rizzo sent a pitch into the bleacher seats in left-center, notching a career milestone while moving

CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo took just a moment to admire his shot and then casually dropped his bat as the Wrigley Field crowd roared.

In the first inning against the Marlins on Monday night, Rizzo sent a pitch into the bleacher seats in left-center, notching a career milestone while moving up the Cubs' all-time home run list. With his two-run blast off Miami righty Sandy Alcantara, Rizzo now has 200 home runs in his career and has moved into sole possession of ninth place in franchise history.

"It feels crazy," Rizzo said after the Cubs dropped a 6-5 decision. "It's a lot of healthy years that I pride myself in. I just want to keep playing at a high level for a long time."

Rizzo has 199 career homers in a Cubs uniform, pushing Hank Sauer (198) to 10th in the club's long, storied annals. Immediately ahead of Rizzo on the franchise list are Bill Nicholson (205) and Gabby Hartnett (231). Sammy Sosa owns the Cubs’ career record with 545 blasts for the North Siders.

Ben Zobrist got the first inning rolling with a leadoff single to left field. Two batters later, Rizzo attacked a 95-mph sinker on a 2-1 count, drilling it on a line for his two-run shot. The home run -- measured by Statcast at a projected 410 feet -- was the ninth of the season for the first baseman.

Rizzo, whose first career homer came with the Padres in 2011, has been heating up of late, belting five homers in his past eight games for the Cubs. Over his past 15 games, Rizzo has a .351/.449/.807 slash line, with 13 extra-base hits, 17 RBIs and more walks (six) than strikeouts (five).

Jordan Bastian covers the Cubs for MLB.com. He previously covered the Indians from 2011-18 and the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian.