CHICAGO -- All the Cubs needed was a little home cooking, some summer-like weather, and home runs by Kyle Schwarber, rookie Ian Happ, Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo to get back on track and give manager Joe Maddon a milestone win.
Schwarber smacked a 462-foot home run, Happ hit his second homer in three games, Russell led off the seventh with a blast, and Rizzo launched a solo shot in the eighth to lift the Cubs to a 9-5 victory Tuesday night over the Reds and give Maddon his 1,000th career win. It was Chicago's third win in its last 10 games, while Cincinnati lost its fourth in a row.
Maddon is the 63rd manager to reach 1,000 wins, and the eighth active skipper to do so, joining the Giants' Bruce Bochy, the Nationals' Dusty Baker, the Angels' Mike Scioscia, the Orioles' Buck Showalter, the Indians' Terry Francona, the Pirates' Clint Hurdle and the Royals' Ned Yost.
"To the players who have been a part of this, I want to say, 'Thank you,'" Maddon said. "You don't do it without the players."
The weather at Wrigley Field was more to Maddon's liking than the last home game, May 7, when it was 43 degrees. A 20-mph southwest wind favored the hitters, and the 87-degree game-time temp made it feel like summer. It also resulted in tough outings for veteran starters John Lackey and Bronson Arroyo of the Cubs and Reds, respectively. Lackey threw 104 pitches over 5 1/3 innings, lasting long enough for the win.
"It was a terrible night to pitch, actually," Lackey said. "The wind was blowing out 100 miles an hour, and it was hot."
It was a great night to hit as the Cubs belted a season-high four homers.
"Anything that kind of caught the jet stream went out," said Happ, the Cubs' No. 2 prospect who was making his Wrigley Field debut.
The Reds tried to keep pace in the home run derby as Zack Cozart launched a solo shot with one out in the first, Tucker Barnhart connected with two outs in the second, and Joey Votto hit a two-run blast in the seventh. Barnhart's ball soared 444 feet and landed on the roof of the suite in center field.
The Cubs answered Cozart's homer with three runs in the bottom half of the first, capped by Willson Contreras' two-run, ground-rule double. The Reds were never able to catch up.
"They scored every inning but two; that's tough," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Our guys kept pushing it. That's one of those games where you score five and you want to have a chance to win it, but it was really hard for us to get close enough. We cut it to two on Joey's home run, and they extend the lead in each of the next two innings."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Kaboom: Maddon has been second-guessed about having Schwarber lead off, but the home run may quiet the critics. Schwarber ended an 0-for-15 skid with his sixth homer of the season in the second inning, launching a changeup from Arroyo to the back row of the right-field bleachers to open a 4-2 lead. It was the longest by a Cubs player this season. More >
"It's all a process," Schwarber said. "At times, it's good to fail because you know what it's like to get out of it. I'm still learning every day. Baseball throws me different things every day. You've got to learn not to change anything and stick with the process and what's been working. It's always rewarding when that happens."
Got him: The Cubs led 4-2 when Scott Schebler walked to open the Reds' fourth. Schebler extended his lead at first, but he didn't last long as Contreras fired the ball to first baseman Rizzo to throw the Reds outfielder out. Cincinnati added a run that inning when Jose Peraza doubled, moved up on a groundout and tallied on a wild pitch by Lackey, but getting Schebler averted a possible big inning.
"Sometimes on a day like today, it is who can get the most balls in the air. You don't necessarily want that to be your game plan or your approach. You want to hit the ball hard." -- Price, on the wind
"Today was huge for the offense to show up and get their feet on the ground and have some big home runs in our direction. You definitely need some help on a day like this." -- Lackey
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With his third homer of the season, Cozart became the first visiting player to go deep in four straight games at Wrigley Field since Albert Pujols did so in 2007.
WHAT'S NEXT Reds:Scott Feldman will make his first career start against the Cubs on Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. ET. The 34-year-old, who debuted in 2005, has faced every other Major League team. Feldman allowed two runs in seven innings in his last start against the Giants for a no-decision on Friday.
Cubs:Kyle Hendricks will make his eighth start of the season on Wednesday. This will be his fourth start at home, where he's still looking for his first win. Opponents are batting .276 against the right-hander at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT.