All the Cubs needed in that situation was a base hit, but Russell came through with a no-doubt-about-it three-run homer into a very strong wind blowing out off Neftali Feliz.
Dylan Covey (0-1) got knocked around in his second major league start, allowing eight runs, 10 hits and three homers over five innings. His dad made a decision to surprise him with tickets to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field when they play the Cardinals.
Chicago trailed 4-1 before Willson Contreras' RBI single in the sixth off Carlos Torres. The outfielder leads the National League with seven home runs, a feat even more remarkable considering Thames spent the last three years playing in Korea.
"I know they're going to play, and I know they're going to play through it", manager Craig Counsell said. "We're seeing him using the slower stuff more to go with the fastball, making the cutter and curve weapons". Davies is 0-2 with an 8.79 ERA through his first three games this season. "I'm not going to get complacent".
The bullpen pitched four scoreless innings in relief of starter Kyle Hendricks, who gave up four hits and four runs in his five innings. The victory was the Brewers' sixth in the last seven games. Rain delayed the start by 55 minutes. Before Bruce came to the plate, Velasquez allowed a two-out single to Asdrubal Cabrera and a walk to Yoenis Cespedes.
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Travis Shaw and Orlando Arcia got home runs off of Chicago starting pitcher Brett Anderson, who gave up six runs and eight hits. His first start of the season was at Milwaukee, and he tossed six innings of four-run ball for an 11-6 win on April 8.
ROYALS 2, GIANTS 0 Jason Vargas dazzled for the third consecutive start, the Royals finally scored off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Kansas City beat San Francisco to split their two-game series.
Miami's Ichiro Suzuki provided a bit of nostalgia with a solo home run on the first pitch of the ninth inning, in possibly his final at-bat at Safeco Field. Jon Jay walked with one out, and pinch-hitter Miguel Montero singled to right.
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ATHLETICS 9, RANGERS 1 Khris Davis hit his seventh home run of the season, Yonder Alonso and Chad Pinder also went deep, and Oakland routed Texas. So far this season, the mighty Chicago offense had been out-homered 18-12 before Russell's blast in the ninth inning. But with the off day, Joe swapped the two.