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NLCS Game 4 turning point: Addison Russell's two-run homer

The situation: The Cubs broke their 21-inning scoreless streak in the fourth inning Wednesday night against Dodgers lefty Julio Urias. Willson Contreras hit an RBI single to left, and the Cubs scored another run on Jason Heyward's groundout for a 2-0 lead.

What happened next: Addison Russell entered the night hitting .042 in the postseason and had flied out to the warning track in left field with two runners on base to end the second inning. On a 2-0 count, Russell hit Urias' 94-mph fastball over the wall in right-center, drawing cheers from a large number of Cubs fans at Dodger Stadium. It was Russell's first career postseason homer and his first RBI of this postseason.

The aftermath: Urias recorded one more out before he was pulled from the game. Russell wasn't the only one to break out of his postseason slump. Anthony Rizzo, who was hitting .077, followed suit with a solo homer to lead off the fifth against Pedro Baez to give the Cubs a 5-0 lead. The Cubs surged to an eight-run lead with a five-run sixth inning.

The reaction: "I've been struggling this postseason a little bit, but I didn't panic. My confidence was still there. I feel like I've been seeing the ball well, taking some pretty good swings. I definitely wasn't panicking. I was more frustrated than anything else. … It's definitely a sigh of relief to have a good night." — Russell

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