Cubs 3

(17-12, 9-6 away)

Diamondbacks 5

(15-16, 10-7 home)

    9:40 PM ET, April 2, 2010

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 3

    Associated Press

    PHOENIX -- Rodrigo Lopez wrapped up his phenomenal spring with a gem against the Chicago Cubs.

    The 34-year-old right-hander, a non-roster invitee who pitched his way onto the Arizona rotation, ran his string of scoreless innings to 19 with 6 2/3 in the Diamondbacks' 5-3 victory over the Cubs on Friday night.

    Lopez pitched to just 21 batters, one more than the minimum possible, allowing two hits, striking out four and walking one.

    "I finished strong," he said. "This is one of my best spring trainings I ever had in my career. I'm pretty happy to be part of the Diamondbacks this season. This is a good feeling."

    Chicago's Ryan Dempster's streak of 10 straight scoreless innings ended when Mark Reynolds hit his second two-run home run in two days in the fourth inning. The Cubs' young Tyler Colvin tripled and doubled, boosting his spring average to .466 (36 for 77).

    "I call him Baby Ruth," Chicago catcher Koyie Hill said. "You think he's going to slow down here pretty soon but he keeps on going, keeps chugging along. He's got a lot of confidence and he should."

    Ryan Roberts, in a fight for the final Arizona roster spot, hit the deciding two-run homer with two outs in the in the eighth off Mitch Atkins. Chad Qualls threw a perfect ninth for the save.

    Chicago had rallied with three runs in the eighth to tie the game 3-3. Kosuke Fukudome led off with a homer off Leo Rosales, then Mike Fontenot doubled to deep center. With one out, Colvin had an RBI double down the left field line. Jeff Baker singled off Juan Gutierrez to bring home Colvin with the tying run.

    Lopez, released by Philadelphia last September after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in 2007, did not give up a run after the first inning of his second outing. He is Arizona's No. 4 starter behind Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy. Lopez has a 68-66 record with San Diego, Baltimore, Colorado and Philadelphia, but missed virtually the entire 2008 season. He was 3-1 in five starts for the Phillies last year.

    Dempster, scheduled to pitch Wednesday at Atlanta, allowed those two runs on three hits. He struck out five and walked one.

    "Dempster's been Dempster," Hill said. "He's been right there since he's been starting. Tonight he was great. The ball was down and it was dropping off the table. ... He's ready to go."

    Dempster had fanned five of the previous six batters when he walked Adam LaRoche with one out in the fourth. Reynolds, coming off a 44-home run season, followed and lined a 2-2 pitch into the seats in left field as Dempster slammed the rosin bag down in disgust.

    "In the big leagues it comes down to one pitch," Hill said. "He pitched great for the time he was out there and he left that one pitch up."

    Hill was impressed with Lopez.

    "Coming off Tommy John surgery he looked great," the Cubs catcher said. "He looked like the Rodrigo of old, able to change speeds and move the ball around a lot."

    Game notes

    Justin Upton, who has a new $51.25 million, five-year contract, is hitting .382 this spring, Reynolds .364. ... The Diamondbacks announced their opener against San Diego on Monday is sold out, with a few standing room only tickets available. ... The Cubs averaged 10,892 fans at their ballpark in Mesa, tops in the majors. ... Arizona opens a four-game series against the Cubs in Chicago on April 29.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumChase Field, Phoenix, AZ
    Attendance20,025 (41.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:25
    Weather70 degrees, clear
    Wind5 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Barry Larson, First Base - Chris Bakke, Third Base - Jim Wolf