Winn's homer highlights Cactus opener

Winn's homer highlights Cactus opener

CUBS 12, GIANTS 6
at Scottsdale, Ariz.
Thursday, Feb. 28

Cubs at the plate: Ryan Theriot singled and scored in each of the first three innings. Mike Fontenot added a three-run homer in a five-run third inning, Felix Pie homered leading off the fourth and Kosuke Fukudome was hit by a pitch, walked and singled in three plate appearances in his Cubs debut.

Giants at the plate: Randy Winn homered in his first at-bat, drilling a two-out drive to right field in the first inning. Eugenio Velez and Fred Lewis lashed RBI triples in the sixth and eighth, respectively.

Cubs on the mound: Winn's homer was the only significant lapse by starter Ryan Dempster in two innings. Sean Gallagher struck out two in two innings and allowed a run.

Giants on the mound: Starter Noah Lowry plainly lacked control, walking three, hitting a batter and flinging two pitches to the backstop in 1 1/3 innings. No. 5 starting candidate Kevin Correia allowed five runs and seven hits in his lone inning, but Jack Taschner pitched two perfect innings.

Cactus League records: Cubs 1-0; Giants 0-1.

Up next: The Cubs face a split squad of Giants again on Friday, this time at Mesa's HoHoKam Park. Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano will oppose Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. The other half of Giants will stay at home to face Erik Bedard and the Seattle Mariners. Tim Lincecum will start for San Francisco.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.