CHICAGO (AP) _ Kyle Hendricks pitched effectively into the eighth inning, Addison Russell homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 on Saturday to increase their NL Central lead.
Chicago has won five straight and leads Milwaukee by 3 1/2 games and St. Louis by five in the division.
Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and two RBIs for the Cubs.
Russell was activated before the game after being sidelined since early August with plantar fasciitis of the right foot. He pinch hit in the eighth and hit a solo shot against Tyler Lyons to the back of the left-field bleachers.
Hendricks (7-5) allowed one run and six hits in a season-high 7 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.