Cubs’ Russell comes through when it counts
CHICAGO Cubs reliever James Russell had a rough seventh inning. It was the eighth that caught his manager’s attention.
Russell allowed two inherited runners to score in the seventh but he shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth inning to help Chicago beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 Tuesday.
“You can’t leave here without talking about Russ,” Quade said. “We were in a bit of a mess pitchingwise and he picked us up. I absolutely needed him. Him giving us the eighth, the finishing up the way he did was fantastic.”
Russell (1-0) worked 1 2-3 innings and gave up two hits while Sean Marshall closed out the ninth for his first save.
-- Royals 7, White Sox 6—Melky Cabrera’s RBI single scored Chris Getz from second in the 12th inning Tuesday night, lifting Kansas City past the Chicago White Sox 7-6 and giving the Royals their fourth straight win in their final at-bat.
Chris Getz singled leading off and was sacrificed to second and then Cabrera connected of Tony Pena (0-1) for his third hit of the game. Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) got two outs for the win in Kansas City’s first four-game winning streak since September 2009.
The Royals bullpen threw six shutout innings after the White Sox scored four in the first off Luke Hochevar and took a 6-4 lead in the sixth.