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Cubs win in shortened game

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 11:17 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo slammed a two-run homer, Tsuyoshi Wada pitched five strong innings, and the Chicago Cubs beat San Francisco, 2-0,  in a game that was halted after 4 1/2 innings because of unplayable field conditions following rain at Wrigley Field.

After a brief but heavy downpour, the game was delayed 4 hours, 34 minutes before it was called off at 1:16 a.m. Fewer than 1,000 fans remained.

When the rain and the wind intensified in the middle of the fifth inning, home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt stopped play. The grounds crew couldn’t get the manual tarp fully in place, leaving large portions of the infield exposed to rain for more than 10 minutes.

Rookie Javier Baez walked with one out against Ryan Vogelsong (7-9) in the first inning before Rizzo homered over the right-field bleachers for his 29th shot of the season.

Wada (3-1) scattered six hits and walked none.

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