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In young season, Rizzo launches longest HR

CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo's monster two-run homer in the third inning Thursday nearly traveled out of Wrigley Field. And ESPN Stats & Info measured it as the longest home run in baseball this season.

Rizzo's blast traveled 475 feet, propelling the Cubs to a 6-2 win in the series finale against the Rangers.

"Oh, cool," Rizzo said when told of his tape-measure home run. "I'm sure that won't last very long. There's a lot of good hitters in this league. It was just one of those things -- I got a good swing, a good pitch to hit and didn't try to do too much with it."

Starlin Castro walked after David DeJesus scored on a wild pitch, setting the table for Rizzo. He got a 2-1 fastball from Rangers starter Alexi Ogando and hit it to the top row of right-field seats at Wrigley Field.

It was followed by a solo home run by Alfonso Soriano, marking the first time the Cubs hit back-to-back homers this year. Rizzo went 1-for-4 on the afternoon, but he also hit the ball hard in his first and last at-bat.

"I feel like I found some things today," Rizzo said. "You've just got to build off the momentum here. It's big that Soriano hit as well today, and got that monkey off his shoulder -- home run and RBI. If this team's going to go, we have to take it. Soriano and I, we know we have to hit."

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