"It's tricky. You hit a ball to left-center today, the chances of that going out are very slim," Rizzo said. "You've just got to focus on taking your good swing and not worrying about what the wind is doing."
Perhaps, but Rizzo was right on the money twice. And in the early going, that kept the game close.
After the Giants opened the scoring in the top of the second inning, Rizzo quickly tied things up, leading off the second with a shot to right-center.
"He's one of the best at what he does. I tell him that all the time," Jason Heyward said. "He's one of those guys to be reckoned with."
The Giants regained the lead with a solo home run in the third but only held it until the first pitch of Rizzo's second at-bat.
Giants lefty Matt Moore left a fastball right over the plate and Rizzo took advantage, knocking it back over the wall in center to tie things up again.
"He's getting hot now. That was huge for me, too," said Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks, who got the win. "I went out there giving up that home run ... then we come right back and he hits a homer."
From that point on, the Cubs bats seemed to pick up. The team added one more run in the fifth and nearly added another in the sixth, but Heyward was called out for interference on a wild play.
The team tallied two more runs in the seventh and eighth innings, giving them exactly enough offensive firepower to get the win.
"He really runs this lineup, you know?" Hendricks said of Rizzo. "So when he starts getting hot, I think everyone around him starts to."
Rizzo finished the night 3-for-3 and picked up an intentional walk in the seventh. While he's slumped in May, hitting .208, he's still managed to get on base quite a bit, drawing 13 walks over his last 14 games.
And after notching his first three-hit game of the season Wednesday, Rizzo improved to 10-for-27 in eight games during the current homestand. He's also hit four home runs in his last four games, capping off a stretch he's hoping to see continue.
"You take it. You ride it," Rizzo said. "And you enjoy it."
Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.