Cubs top Reds 8-6 in wild 6-HR game

Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Cubs' Albert Almora Jr., drops a sacrifice bunt during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Cincinnati Reds' Derek Dietrich, right, celebrates with Jesse Winker after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo hits a two-run double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Cincinnati Reds' Yasiel Puig celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — Addison Russell homered at Wrigley Field for the first time since he was suspended for violating baseball's domestic violence policy, leading the Chicago Cubs to a wild 8-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

With the wind blowing out on a warm day at the iconic neighborhood ballpark, Albert Almora Jr. and Jason Heyward also connected to help the NL Central-leading Cubs rebound from their disappointing loss in the series opener Friday. Tyler Chatwood gave Chicago's weary bullpen a lift by working the ninth for his first save since 2017.

Tucker Barnhart hit a two-run homer for the last-place Reds, who finished with 14 hits. Yasiel Puig and Derek Dietrich also went deep.

Dietrich's 13th homer tied it at 6 in the eighth. But the Cubs went ahead to stay on David Bote's RBI double against Jared Hughes (2-2) in the bottom half, and Kyle Schwarber added a sacrifice fly.

Russell finished with three hits and scored twice. He was optioned to Triple-A Iowa after completing his suspension this month, but he was recalled May 8 and hit his first homer of the season May 15 at Cincinnati.

He hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning Saturday, giving the Cubs a 3-2 lead. He also had a timely bunt single in the eighth and scored on Schwarber's fly ball to center.

Dillon Maples (1-0) got two outs for the win after he was recalled from the minors before the game.

The Cubs also got some important length from Yu Darvish, who allowed six runs and 12 hits in seven-plus innings. Manager Joe Maddon was concerned about the team's overworked bullpen coming into the day, and Darvish pitched past the sixth for the first time this season.

Reds starter Tyler Mahle allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings.

Cincinnati had a chance for another late rally after Eugenio Suárez hit a two-run homer in the ninth in Monday's 5-4 victory.

The Reds scored twice in the fifth to trim the Cubs' lead to one. Suárez had an RBI single and Puig belted a long solo shot over the left-field bleachers.

After Heyward led off the fifth with a drive into the basket in left-center, Reds rookie Nick Senzel hit a two-out RBI single in the sixth to make it a one-run game again.

Cincinnati put its first two batters on in the ninth, but Chatwood got Jesse Winker to bounce into a double play and Puig flied out to right to end the game. It was Chatwood's third career save, continuing a nice comeback season for the right-hander.

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