Late homers rescue Cubs

Late homers rescue Cubs

at Peoria, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 28

Cubs at the plate: The Cubs were pretty quiet at the plate Tuesday until the eighth inning, when Angel Pagan tied the game at 3 with a three-run home run, his fifth long ball of the spring. Michael Barrett, who had three hits, then added the game-winner, a solo homer, in the ninth.

Mariners at the plate: Ichiro Suzuki led off the game with a single and scored on Adrian Beltre's fielder's choice groundout in the first inning after singles by Raul Ibanez and Richie Sexson loaded the bases. Yuniesky Betancourt led off the third inning with his first home run of the spring.

Cubs on the mound: Starter Glendon Rusch went 5 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits, striking out two and not walking a batter.

Mariners on the mound: Minor Leaguer Thomas Oldham shut the Cubs out for three innings, giving up one hit. Relievers Rafael Soriano, Jake Woods and Luis Gonzalez turned in one scoreless inning apiece.

Cactus League records: Cubs 14-11-2; Mariners 10-16.

Up next: The Cubs will head over to Tempe Diablo Stadium on Wednesday, where they'll face the Angels in a 1:05 p.m. CT start, with Carlos Zambrano pitching for the Cubs against Angels righty John Lackey.

The Mariners will stay in Peoria on Wednesday for a 12:05 p.m. PT game against the Kansas City Royals. Jamie Moyer will get his last start before Opening Day in Seattle and will be followed by right-handed relievers Julio Mateo and J.J. Putz.

Doug Miller is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.