Greinke has trouble shaking off rust in spring debut

Puig robs Cubs of a run with dazzling catch

Greinke has trouble shaking off rust in spring debut

MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs won their first Spring Training game, 4-3, Wednesday, rallying late to beat the Dodgers, who sent Zack Greinke to the mound for the first time this spring.

Jon Lester, making his second spring start, needed just six pitches to get through the first inning. The Cubs' Opening Night starter, Lester threw first-pitch strikes to 10 of the 11 batters he faced, and gave up three hits while striking out two over three innings.

The Cubs loaded the bases with one out in the second against Greinke and the right-hander got Arismendy Alcantara to pop up, but then served up a two-run single to Mike Baxter. In his outing, Greinke gave up two hits, walked two and hit a batter.

Left-hander Julio Urias, 18, followed Greinke, and gave up consecutive singles to Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Miguel Montero to load the bases in the Chicago third. Chris Coghlan hit a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead, chasing Urias.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with one out in the fourth against Brian Schlitter and pulled within 3-2 on Justin Turner's two-run double. Another run scored when Joc Pederson grounded out, tying the game at 3.

Yasiel Puig robbed Rizzo of a possible extra-base hit with a running catch in right-center. Puig slammed into the wall, but ran off the field under his own power.

Phil Coke, who signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs, made his debut in the fifth and struck out one of four batters faced.

Tommy La Stella walked to lead off the Cubs' eighth and, after Chris Valaika singled off of Chris Anderson, Adron Chambers' hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the winning run.

Up next: Hyun-Jin Ryu makes his Cactus League debut Thursday night in a start against the Padres at Peoria. Ryu lost three days of workouts when developing mid-back stiffness after a bullpen session. He will have essentially the first stringers playing behind him in roughly the anticipated regular-season batting order with Puig-Adrian Gonzalez-Howie Kendrick 3-4-5. The lineup has Andre Ethier starting in center and Pederson the designated hitter batting ninth.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.