Mench powers team to win over Cubs

Mench has three hits in Ranger win

at Surprise, Ariz.
Friday, March 24

Cubs at the plate: The Cubs had five seasoned veterans at the top of their lineup -- Juan Pierre, Todd Walker, Jacque Jones, Michael Barrrett and John Mabry -- and they were a combined 0-for-9 with a walk. Minor League infielder Luis Montanez hit a home run in the eighth

Rangers at the plate: Kevin Mench entered the game second in the Major Leagues with a .974 slugging percentage this spring, then went out and hit his sixth home run; he also had a leadoff single in the fifth and a run scoring double in the sixth. Rod Barajas had an RBI single and a home run.

Cubs on the mound: Carlos Zambrano gave up four runs in six innings. He allowed just two hits through four innings -- retiring 12 of 14 batters -- before allowing five of the last 11 batters he faced reach base. He finished with one walk and five strikeouts.

Rangers on the mound: Right-hander R.A. Dickey turned in the best performance by a starting pitcher this spring, shutting out the Cubs on three hits through six innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Cactus League records: Cubs 11-10, Rangers 9-11.

Coming up: Vicente Padilla pitches against the Colorado Rockies at 1:05 p.m. MST Saturday at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. Miguel Asencio will pitch for the Rockies. The Cubs have a split-squad doubleheader with rookie left-hander Sean Marshall pitching against the Athletics at Hohokam Park in Mesa and Jerome Williams pitching against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.