The Cubs don’t want to put everything on Anthony Rizzo’s shoulders, but he’s going to feel that weight as the new face of the franchise.

The Cubs look at the 10 years and $240 million the Los Angeles Angels have sunk into Albert Pujols and believe Rizzo will be the much better investment. That is, if you look at the growth chart, one will be declining while the other is rising, and it won’t be too long before Rizzo passes Pujols as a legitimate No. 3 hitter and Gold Glove-caliber first baseman.

That definitely doesn’t mean Rizzo will even come close to the Hall of Fame career Pujols has already put together. But the Cubs felt so comfortable giving Rizzo a seven-year, $41 million contract at age 23 for moments like this.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the 10th inning, Rizzo slammed Robert Coello’s fastball down the right-field line for a three-run double. That swing broke open a tie game and the Cubs hung on for an 8-6 victory in front of 30,171 fans at Angel Stadium.

“That’s what I said all the time: I want to be in that situation,” Rizzo said.

After a game that lasted four hours and 14 minutes, Rizzo joked that he was actually trying to break a record by grounding out to first base five times before singling to left field in the ninth inning.

“It’s just a funny game,” Rizzo said. “You come in, get the hit there and then get the big hit at the end. That’s where I want to be up in every situation. Whether I’m 0-for-4 or 4-for-4, I want to be in that situation.”

There were no late-game heroics from Pujols the day after he blasted his 54th career home run against the Cubs. A 24-33 team didn’t fold after falling behind 2-0 and 4-1 and start packing for the flight back to Chicago.