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Kennedy Goes 7 Innings To Lead Diamondbacks Over Cubs, 3-2

Chicago Cubs' Blake DeWitt follows through on a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher James McDonald in the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday. (AP/Gene J. Puskar)

Chicago Cubs’ Blake DeWitt follows through on a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher James McDonald in the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday. (AP/Gene J. Puskar)

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Ian Kennedy pitched seven strong innings, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks past a Chicago Cubs split squad 3-2 Monday.

Arizona’s opening-day starter gave up one run, five hits, walked two and struck out two.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run and right fielder Justin Upton had two doubles, an RBI and scored a run for Arizona.

Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

Cubs starter Jay Jackson went four innings and allowed three runs and seven hits.

Blake Dewitt and Ian Stewart hit back-to-back doubles in the seventh inning for the Cubs’ run off Kennedy.

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