#Cubs 7, Reds 4

Miguel Montero hit a two-run homer and Dan Vogelbach and Tim Federowicz each added solo shots in John Lackey’s debut as the Cubs posted a 7-4 victory Friday over the Reds split squad team. With the win, the Cubs snapped a seven-game spring losing streak, and improved to 2-8 in Cactus League play.

Lackey, who signed a two-year contract with the Cubs this offseason, scattered five hits, walked one and struck out four over three innings in his first spring start.

Jose Peraza, acquired from the Dodgers as part of the three-team trade that sent Todd Frazier to the White Sox, hit his first spring home run with one out in the Reds first off Lackey. The Reds loaded the bases with one out in the third, and took a 3-1 lead on Adam Duvall’s two-run single.

Anthony Rizzo doubled to lead off the Chicago second, moved up on Addison Russell’s bloop single and scored when Montero grounded into a double play. Vogelbach pulled the Cubs within 3-2 with a leadoff home run in the third, launching the ball onto the grassy berm in straightaway center.

The Cubs added three more runs in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Russell and Montero’s two-run blast.

*Up next: The Cubs will play two games on Saturday. Jason Hammell will make his second spring start in the day game in Mesa against the White Sox while Trevor Cahill will face the Dodgers in Glendale on Saturday night. The game in Mesa will begin at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time and be broadcast on 670 AM.

 

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