Russell's double in 9th lifts Cubs past Nationals

Chicago, IL ( - Addison Russell doubled home Jonathan Herrera in the bottom of the ninth as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night.

After Chris Coghlan singled with one out off Matt Grace (2-1) in the ninth, Herrera reached on a fielder's choice and an error by shortstop Ian Desmond, then Russell ripped a 1-0 changeup into the left-center gap for the win.

"It was a great feeling," Russell said of his game-winning hit. "I was really seeing the ball good tonight."

Hector Rondon (3-0) earned the win for a scoreless ninth inning, helping the Cubs snap their two-game losing streak.

Dexter Fowler opened the scoring with a leadoff shot for the Cubs in the home first.

It remained that way until Bryce Harper tied the game with a solo blast off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks in the seventh, and Denard Span put the Nationals up 2-1 with a homer off Pedro Strop in the eighth.

Kris Bryant, who homered in Monday's series opener, launched his seventh homer of the season in the home eighth off Aaron Barrett to tie the game at 2-2.

"He got a hanging breaking ball. He's got good power," Nationals manager Matt Williams said of Bryant.

Game Notes

Washington had won two straight and eight of nine coming in ... Hendricks allowed one run on four hits and two walks over seven innings ... Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann yielded one run on six hits and three walks in seven innings.