Ninth-inning home runs lift Cubs in win

Ninth-inning home runs lift Cubs in win

PHOENIX -- Darwin Barney and Dioner Navarro delivered back-to-back home runs with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the Cubs a 4-1 win over the rival Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park on Friday.

The Brewers had a chance to preserve a 1-1 tie in the ninth when Minor League shortstop Yadiel Rivera threw wildly to first on what would have been an inning-ending double play. Two pitches later, Barney connected against Brewers reliever Michael Olmsted for a go-ahead, two-run home run to left field. Navarro followed with a solo homer to right field for insurance.

For the Brewers, Khris Davis went deep in the seventh inning, his sixth home run of the Cactus League.

The earlier innings featured a duel between onetime teammates Yovani Gallardo and Carlos Villanueva. Villanueva, pegged as Chicago's No. 5 starter, stranded runners in scoring position in the second, third and fifth while holding the Brewers scoreless on five hits in six innings. Gallardo, Milwaukee's Opening Day starter, allowed only one run, unearned, on four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The Cubs scored against Gallardo in the fifth, when Luis Valbuena took a leadoff walk, advanced on Villanueva's sacrifice bunt and scored on an error charged to Brewers shortstop Donnie Murphy. David DeJesus had hit a popup along the left-field line, and Murphy couldn't come up with what would have been a tough catch.

DeJesus and shortstop Starlin Castro had two hits apiece for the Cubs, who featured their projected Opening Day lineup.

The Brewers and Cubs will meet again April 8 in Chicago's home opener.

Up next: Edwin Jackson, who will start the Cubs' second game of the regular season, will face the Angels on Saturday in Mesa, Ariz., at 3:05 p.m. CT. In his last start against the Padres, he gave up three hits over six innings.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.