Cedeno homers, Lieber shines for Cubs

Cedeno homers, Lieber shines for Cubs

CUBS 4, GIANTS 2
at Scottsdale, Ariz.
Wednesday, March 19

Cubs at the plate: Ronny Cedeno belted a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Geovany Soto contributed a second-inning RBI double.

Giants at the plate: Dave Roberts, Ray Durham, Rajai Davis and Dan Ortmeier each collected two hits. One of Ortmeier's hits was a fourth-inning RBI single.

Cubs on the mound: Jon Lieber strengthened his case for a spot in the starting rotation, allowing one run while scattering seven hits. Ex-Giant Scott Eyre struck out two batters in a scoreless sixth inning.

Giants on the mound: Kevin Correia retired nine consecutive batters from the second through fourth innings but still allowed four runs and seven hits. Erick Threets, Brad Hennessey and Jack Taschner provided shutout relief.

Cactus League records: Cubs 9-12; Giants 6-16-2.

Cubs up next: The Cubs play host to the Colorado Rockies on Thursday at HoHoKam Park. Rich Hill is slated to start for Chicago, making his third start and fifth spring appearance. The lefty has struggled in recent outings and so far has given up eight earned runs on 14 hits and eight walks over 11 1/3 innings.

Giants up next: Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, who has virtually clinched the No. 5 starter's spot, will seek further consistency when he faces the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. Catcher Bengie Molina will miss the game to attend to personal issues.

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