Final #Cubs 9, White Sox 2

Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run and Anthony Rizzo added a two-run single to spark the Cubs to a 9-2 victory Saturday over the White Sox in front of 15,417 at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz. Jason Hammel struck out four and gave up two hits over four innings, the longest outing by a Cubs pitcher so far this spring.

The Cubs loaded the bases with nobody out in the first against Erik Johnson, and took a 2-0 lead on Anthony Rizzo’s two- run single. Jeimer Canderlario then scored from third on John Andreoli’s bunt single.

Fowler connected with one out in the second, launching his second spring homer over the right field wall. Andreoli tripled to lead off the third and then scored one out later when Johnson was called for a balk.

“You saw today, from top to bottom, and even the young guys we had in there today — if we can get three or four [runs] with our [pitching] staff, we’ll be pretty darn good,” Hammel said of the potential of the Cubs lineup.

Up next: The Cubs play a night game Saturday against the Dodgers, and will face the Athletics in Mesa on Sunday. Kyle Hendricks gets the start Sunday.

— Carrie Muskat

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