Rizzo hits 30th homer before precautionary exit

Rizzo hits 30th homer before precautionary exit

CINCINNATI -- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo left Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the Reds in the eighth inning with lower back tightness.

"He's ready to go again," manager Rick Renteria said after the game. "I did it more as a precaution. There was no need to push Rizz. I certainly expect [him to be back in the lineup on Wednesday] unless something else comes up."

Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a home run, his 30th of the season. He is the seventh left-handed batter in Cubs history to hit at least 30 homers in a season. The last to do so was Fred McGriff, who hit 30 in 2002.

"It's great, especially in this organization with a lot of history, a lot of great players," he said of his homer. "But the season's not over, you've just gotta keep going and keep playing."

Chris Valaika replaced Rizzo at first base.

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