How they won: Anthony Rizzo back to hitting the inside pitch

Anthony Rizzo is in the midst of a nice run to start June. Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports

Opposing teams were going to hold down Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo's batting average for only so long.

Rizzo had three more hits in Sunday’s win over the Braves. After a two-week skid in which his batting average dropped from .271 to .236, Rizzo has turned things back up. He has raised his batting average 28 points to .264. He’s now hitting .395 with 10 RBIs in 10 games in June.

Rizzo had six hits in a 46 at-bat stretch in his last 14 games of May. He has six extra-base hits this month, including a first-inning double that basically ended the game.

It’s easy to say Rizzo’s hitting everything better than he was during that couple-week slump, but with one notable difference. Rizzo crowds the plate, which helps him reach the outside pitch, but sometimes it makes hitting the inside pitch challenging. But the challenge seems to be easier to handle now.

In those 14 games, he had one hit on 27 swings versus a pitch on the inner half of the plate. The double was his fourth hit on 36 swings against an inner-half pitch this month.