Cubs 4, White Sox 3

March, 11, 2011
3/11/11
10:26
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Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ryan Dempster and Carlos Pena led the Cubs to a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Friday.

The good: Dempster became the first Cubs pitcher to go five innings this spring, getting his first win and allowing just two hits while striking out six White Sox batters. Pena’s first two-hit game included his first home run. The Cubs bullpen threw three shutout innings. Thomas Diamond, Sean Marshall and Scott Maine each pitched one inning.

The bad: Jeff Samardzija gave up three earned runs in the ninth inning, including a two-run homer to Lastings Milledge.

Outside the box score: Todd Wellemeyer's quest to make the starting rotation was put on hold for one day due to a sore right hip. Wellemeyer is scheduled to pitch on Saturday in Mesa.

Up next: The Cubs play split-squad games against Cincinnati in Las Vegas on Saturday. Carlos Silva will try to get his act together after two horrendous outings to start the spring.

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
WJ. Arrieta 10
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167