MESA, Ariz. -- Alfonso Soriano hit a pair of homers and a double, driving in three runs, and Brett Jackson belted a three-run homer to spark the Cubs to a 11-4 victory Tuesday over the Rockies and give new manager Dale Sveum his first Cactus League win.
The Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the second on an RBI groundout by Tyler Colvin and an RBI single by Wilken Castillo against starter Matt Garza. The right-hander gave up three hits over two innings and struck out one.
Soriano led off the second with his first spring homer, launching an 0-2 pitch from Guillermo Moscoso off the HoHoKam Park scoreboard in left. Two outs later, Anthony Rizzo singled, Welington Castillo doubled and both scored on Jackson's three-run homer to right to go ahead, 4-2. Moscoso was done after two innings, giving up five hits and walking two.
Soriano doubled to lead off the third and scored two outs later on Rizzo's infield single. Dexter Fowler made it 5-3 with a leadoff homer in the Rockies' fifth off James Russell.
Chicago added four runs in the fifth, starting with Soriano's second blast, driving in Blake DeWitt, who had singled. Two more runs scored on a groundout by Rizzo and an RBI single by Castillo.
Up next: Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, acquired from the Orioles before Spring Training, will make his Cactus League debut for the Rockies on Wednesday at Scottsdale Stadium against the Giants at 1:05 p.m. MST. Righty Esmil Rogers and lefty Jamie Moyer, both rotation candidates, and lefty reliever Rex Brothers are scheduled to work. The Giants will start righty Tim Lincecum. Rockies manager Jim Tracy has tentatively scheduled veteran first baseman Todd Helton to make his Cactus League debut.
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