CHICAGO (Kyodo) -- Yu Darvish pitched six scoreless innings on Wednesday to carry his Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, his first win in front of the home fans at Wrigley Field.
Darvish (3-4) allowed two hits and hit two batters while striking out seven.
It was the Japanese right-hander's third win of the season and 60th of his seven-year major league career, the last two seasons coming with the NL Central-leading Cubs.
"Everyone knew I hadn't won at Wrigley so it felt like the people around me were more conscious of this than I was," he said. "Now that we won together, I feel like I can finally be at ease."
Darvish claimed his first win since April 27, following 12 no-decisions and one loss.
Making his 20th start of the season, he did not give up a hit until Juan Graterol singled on a line drive with two outs in the fifth. He allowed a double in the sixth, but pumped his fist after striking out cleanup hitter Yasiel Puig to close the inning.
While struggling with his command this season, he has been able to pull himself together in his three outings this month. He has only issued one walk over 18-2/3 innings, and also pitched two-hit ball over six scoreless innings in his previous start on Friday.
"I think I won't allow hits if I keep pitching like this," he said.
Kris Bryant opened the scoring with a first-inning, solo home run against right-hander Sonny Gray (5-6) and Addison Russell doubled the Cubs' lead with another solo homer in the following inning.
Jason Heyward doubled in two runs in the seventh before the Reds rallied with two runs in the following frame.