Fuentes' 4 RBIs spark potent Royals' offense

Fuentes' 4 RBIs spark potent Royals' offense

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Chris Young breezed through four shutout innings and Reymond Fuentes logged four RBIs in the Royals' 10-0 win over the Cubs on Wednesday afternoon in Cactus League action at Surprise Stadium.

Young, the likely No. 4 starter, allowed two hits, walked two and struck out five. He threw 47 pitches, 31 for strikes, and he had sharp command of his slider.

"Real sharp. He was really good," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Had everything working. He had his disappearing slider, had life on his fastball.

Young's four scoreless innings

"Really kept his pitch count down really well."

Young worked out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the fourth by striking out Jorge Soler and Javier Baez.

Right-hander John Lackey started for the Cubs and gave up six hits and two runs over five innings.

Lackey picks off Fuentes

The Royals got on the board in the third when Alcides Escobar drilled a two-out triple to left-center field. Mike Moustakas drove him in with a sharp single to left.

Royals infielder Christian Colon got his first hit of the spring, a ground-rule double to left-center in the fifth. He scored on a single by Fuentes, who is trying to make the club as a backup outfielder. Fuentes also belted a three-run homer in the seventh, while Dusty Coleman added a two-run shot in the eighth.

"It was just a matter of time," Yost said of Colon. "He'd been hitting the ball hard. Heck, his first at-bat was a lineout."

Fuentes' RBI single in the 5th

Ben Zobrist, facing the team he helped to a World Series championship, got a huge ovation in the first inning. He doubled in the third inning for the Cubs.

Royals left-hander Brian Duensing, still in the mix for a bullpen role, left the game in the seventh inning with an apparent foot injury. Duensing gave up two hits, the second of which was a comebacker that struck his foot. He walked the next hitter and left the game without recording an out.

Up next for Cubs: Right-hander Jason Hammel will make the start when the Cubs host the D-backs at 3:05 p.m. CT on Thursday at Sloan Park. In his two previous outings, Hammel has given up three hits, walked one and struck out five over six scoreless innings. Jason Heyward, who drove in three runs on Tuesday, will be in the starting lineup. Fans can listen live to an exclusive free webcast on Cubs.com or watch live on MLB.TV.

Up next for Royals: Right-hander Kris Medlen will start when the Royals travel to Glendale for a 3:05 p.m. CT game against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. Medlen will be followed by Kelvin Herrera, Ross Ohlendorf and Peter Moylan. Listen to the action for free with an exclusive webcast.

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.