The Cubs improved to 9-3 against the Sox in Cactus League play since 2009 by hitting three home runs en route to a 5-1 victory before 10,327 fans at Camelback Ranch.
The Cubs snapped a 1-1 tie with two out in the second against Sox left-hander Chris Sale. Junior Lake drew a walk, stole second base, and Edgar Gonzalez hit a drive that carried over the left field fence for a two-run home run.
"The first inning, not so bad," Sale said. "In the second inning, it goes to show how much walks can kill you. You get two outs, then walk a guy, miss a spot in and it unravels on you. It’s something you have to pay attention to and it’s the first one, so I’m working out the kinks and I’ll be ready in a few days.”
The Sox countered in the bottom of the first against Travis Wood when Alexandro De Aza reached first on an infield hit and advanced to second on a throwing error by Wood.A.J. Pierzynski hit a single, and De Aza scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Rios.
Marlon Byrd and Steve Clevinger each hit home runs off reliever Nate Jones.
Nestor Molina, acquired in the Sergio Santos trade from Toronto, pitched two scoreless innings for the Sox.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times