Angels belt 2 HRs; Marte logs clutch single

Angels belt 2 HRs; Marte logs clutch single

MESA, Ariz. -- C.J. Cron and Michael Hermosillo each hit solo homers, while Jefry Marte drove in a pair with a go-ahead two-out single in a four-run sixth inning to lift the Angels to a 7-5 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday at Sloan Park.

Addison Russell is on a roll. The Cubs shortstop hit his second homer in two games, launching a three-run shot to center in the third inning.

Manny Banuelos, a candidate for the Angels' rotation, walked three over two hitless innings in his first appearance. Cubs starter Alec Mills, acquired on Feb. 8 in a trade with the Royals, gave up three hits over two innings in his debut.

"He's got a good delivery, has a real live arm," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Banuelos. "The ball comes out nice and easy, spins it well. But his first outing, the fastball command wasn't there. He'll get sharper as the spring goes on, but I think it's good to see him get out there, throw some pitches. He's got good stuff."

Cron's solo home run

Cron gave the Angels a 1-0 lead with a two-out homer in the third off Rule 5 Draft pick Caleb Smith. Marte nearly followed with his first homer, but Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. made a leaping catch at the wall to end the inning.

Almora Jr.'s catch at the track

Vicente Campos took over for Banuelos in the third, and Campos walked the first batter he faced, retired the next two, and then walked Anthony Rizzo to set up Russell's blast.

Almora doubled with one out in the fourth and scored on Matt Szczur's triple to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead. Szczur then scored on Taylor Davis' single.

Szczur's RBI triple

The Angels had two on and one out in the fifth, and a run scored on shortstop Munenori Kawasaki's fielding error. But Kawasaki made up for it when he knocked down Martin Maldonado's grounder and flipped from his knees to Javier Baez at second to start an inning-ending double play.

Beeler induces double play

Ramon Flores added an RBI single and then scored on a wild pitch in the sixth against Maikel Cleto. The Angels loaded the bases and Marte then delivered the go-ahead two-run single.

Flores' RBI single

Up next for Angels: Watch live on MLB.TV when Jesse Chavez makes his first start in an Angels uniform against the Rangers at 12:10 p.m. PT on Wednesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The veteran right-hander signed a one-year, $5.75 million deal with the Angels in the offseason and is a leading candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Up next for Cubs: Listen live to an exclusive free webcast as Eddie Butler make his Cubs debut on Wednesday at 2:05 p.m. CT against the Royals at Surprise Stadium. Butler was acquired in a trade with the Rockies, and the Cubs are hoping a change of scenery can help the right-hander, who was 6-16 with a 6.50 ERA in 36 games (28 starts) with Colorado.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.



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