It was the sixth run that they have scored in the eighth inning of the last four games.
Milwaukee Brewers' Orlando Arcia smiles after scoring on a RBI single hit by Jonathan Villar off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Chicago.
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.
The Cubs ground out some long at-bats and got a gift run when Russell hit over first base to score the third run in the eighth inning.
Cubs reliever Wade Davis (2-0) pitched one inning to get the win, while Feliz (0-2) took the loss.
The home run had an exit velocity of 109 miles per hour and went 375 feet into the bleachers.
Milwaukee is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 6-2 in their last 8 Wednesday games while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 road games.
The Cubs trailed by 4-1 after six innings and 4-2 through seven.
The elements dictate a good deal of home-run activity at the Friendly confines in the first two months of the season.
Two of Hendricks' walks were to Thames, who walked three times. They open up a four-game weekend set with the Cardinals Thursday.
Brewers: RHP Matt Garza (strained right groin) allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Class A Wisconsin on Monday night.
Chicago closed to within 2-1 on Ben Zobrist's two-out single in the bottom half of the inning.
Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo (1-2), who needed a positive start after two rough outings in his return to the major leagues after two seasons, allowed three runs in five innings. You make one mistake and he can turn it around. After Jon Jay got on with one out, Miguel Montero followed suite with a single to give runners on the corners with one out. In 140 games, Milwaukee OF Ryan Braun is a.338 hitter (180-for-533) with 31 home runs against the Cubs. Eric Thames went 3-for-5 with three runs to extend his hitting streak to 12 straight starts. Big win for the Cubs, as they take two out of three games from the Brewers.