Cubs Hold Off Diamondbacks In Split Squad Game

Braden Looper, Marlon Byrd

Braden Looper, Marlon Byrd (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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The Chicago Cubs  held off the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday. Making runs was no problem for the Cubs with Carlso Pena’s home run. The Diamondbacks fought to overcome their deficit, scoring three in the ninth and falling short.

Braden Looper pitched into the fourth inning in his first start of spring training and allowed a run on five hits as a Chicago Cubs split squad beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 Sunday.

Out of baseball last year after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus after the 2009 season, Looper struck out two in 3 2-3 innings. He made relief appearances against the Rangers and Rockies before this start.

Looper also helped his cause by going 2 for 2, including a RBI double in the fourth inning.

First baseman Carlos Pena hit his second homer of the spring in the fourth off Arizona starter Daniel Hudson.

Hudson surrendered three hits, four runs – two earned – walked one and struck out 4 in 3 1-3 innings.

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