The Chicago Cubs were held without a hit until the seventh inning on Monday at Wrigley Field, but the bats came alive at the right time as they scored a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Jason Heyward knocked home two runs in the seventh inning to get the Cubs on the board, and Addison Russell cracked a three-run home run to left field to five the Cubs their sixth win in seven games this season.
Jon Lester received a no decision for the Cubs, pitching six innings while giving up three runs and striking out five. Brandon Finnegan carried a no hitter into the seventh inning for the Reds, but walked five and ended up stuck with two earned runs on the night.
The Reds built up a 3-0 lead in the early stages of the game, with Billy Hamilton's solo home run leading the way.
The Cubs finally had their answer in the seventh, as David Ross broke up the no hitter with a single to center. Matt Szczur and Dexter Fowler each coaxed walks to load the bases, and Heyward smacked a single to right to make it 3-2 Reds.
In the eighth, the Cubs took the lead. Ben Zobrist and Jorge Soler both reached base, and on the first pitch Jumbo Diaz threw, Russell deposited a home run into the left field bleachers.
Hector Rondon slammed the door in the ninth, striking out the side and securing the save to give the Cubs the victory.