WATCH: Heyward discusses his walk-off home run, Russell's return to lineup

by - Senior Writer -

Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward provided his club with a 3-2 walk-off win over the Miami Marlins via a solo home run in the bottom of the 11th on Wednesday.

The 370-foot shot to left marked Heyward's second career walk-off dinger and cemented the second consecutive walk-off victory tallied by the Cubs, who defeated the Marlins 5-2 on a walk-off shot by third baseman Kris Bryant on Tuesday.

In the postgame locker-room media session, Heyward talked about his game-ending bomb, which barely cleared the wall in the left-field corner and landed in the basket at the top of it.

Heyward told reporters, "When I saw the ball going left a little bit, I was like, 'You've got to be kidding me.' Thank God for the basket."

Heyward was also asked about middle infielder Addison Russell making his return to the Cubs' lineup on the night, as Russell started at second base in his first action with the Cubs since he was suspended for domestic violence last September.

"He went out there and had some good at-bats against tough pitching tonight," Heyward said about Russell. "It just makes us that much deeper up the middle. It just makes us that much more athletic. It gives us a chance to have another clutch bat in the lineup."

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