MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Alfonso Soriano hit his fourth home run this spring and Paul Maholm pitched two innings in his exhibition debut Monday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-6.
Maholm missed a handful of days early in spring because of the flu. He allowed two hits, including a solo homer by Todd Frazier.
Red starter Bronson Arroyo gave up hits to the first five Cubs batters, with Soriano’s shot nearly clearing the scoreboard in left-center field.
Chicago reliever Carlos Marmol allowed three earned runs in his one inning.
Joe Mather also homered for the Cubs.