Finnegan loses no-hit bid in 7th; Russell, Cubs top Reds 5-3
Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell reacts as he watches after hitting a three-run home run during the eighth inning of an opening baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Monday, April 11, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs won 5-3. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
CHICAGO (AP) Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan pitched 6 2/3 hitless innings before allowing a single to David Ross, but Addison Russell hit a three-run home run while Chicago roughed up Cincinnati's bullpen in a 5-3 victory Monday night in the Cubs' home opener.
Ross' single started a two-run rally, with Jason Heyward cutting the Cubs' deficit to 3-2 with a bases-loaded single off Tony Cingrani.
In the eighth, Cingrani (0-1) walked Ben Zobrist with one out and hit Jorge Soler. Russell then drove Jumbo Diaz's first pitch out to left-center, whipping the packed crowd into a frenzy and sending the Cubs to their sixth victory in seven games, matching their best start since 1998.
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Jon Lester pitched six innings, allowing three runs and five hits. Adam Warren (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth for his first win as a Cub, and Hector Rondon struck out the side in the ninth for his second save in as many chances.