Cubs hit three homers in win over White Sox

Cubs hit three homers in win over White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The first of eight battles between the Cubs and White Sox during the 2012 season went to the North Siders by virtue of Friday's 5-1 victory at Camelback Ranch.

Dale Sveum's crew scored one in the first and two in the third against Chris Sale, and held on to even its Cactus League record at 3-3. Robin Ventura's squad slipped to 1-4, with two games on the schedule for Saturday.

Sale made his first official start as a member of the White Sox rotation, working three innings and giving up three runs on three hits. He fanned four, including Alfonso Soriano, Bryan LaHair and Jeff Baker.

Darwin Barney singled home Soriano in the first to give the Cubs a quick 1-0 lead, and Edgar Gonzalez launched a two-run home run in the second after Junior Lake drew a two-out walk. Left fielder Dayan Viciedo broke in first on Gonzalez's drive but then watched the ball sail over the left-field fence.

Travis Wood worked 2 1/3 innings in his start for the Cubs, giving up Alex Rios' sacrifice fly but nothing more. The southpaw was helped out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third when Paul Konerko hit into a double play from third baseman Gonzalez to LaHair against Randy Wells, who came on in relief of Wood. Wells worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out one.

Marlon Byrd added a solo homer off Nate Jones in the sixth. Steve Clevenger then homered off Jones an inning later.

These two teams meet again on March 18 in Mesa, Ariz. They then play three times at Wrigley Field from May 18-20 and three more at U.S. Cellular Field from June 18-20.

Up next for Cubs: Ryan Dempster will make his second spring start on Saturday when the Cubs travel to Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix to play the Brewers. Dempster, who has a career 15-5 record against the Brewers, probably won't show his best stuff. He'll be facing Milwaukee in the second series of the season.

It'll be Cubs manager Dale Sveum's first showdown with his former team. Said Sveum: "It'll be fun facing them. I'm looking forward to it, to see the guys and say hello. We'll try to beat their butts, but it'll be good to see everybody." The game will be broadcast on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio beginning at 2:05 p.m. CT.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.