MESA, Ariz. -- Bryan LaHair hit an RBI double to back Paul Maholm, who struck out six over five scoreless innings and led a Cubs split squad to a 2-0 victory Monday over the Padres.
Maholm, expected to be the fifth starter for the Cubs, walked two and gave up four hits in his outing, his third in Cactus League play. He was sidelined this spring by the flu and has pitched in the Minor League camp.
Cubs closer Carlos Marmol appeared in his first game since last Tuesday when he had to exit because of cramps in his right hand and tightness in his neck and shoulders. He entered in the sixth and retired the first batter he faced on a groundout. Matt Clark was safe on a single that bounced off the first-base bag. Marmol struck out James Darnell, walked Jaff Decker and then got Everth Cabrera to ground out and end the inning.
With two outs in the Chicago first, Starlin Castro walked, stole second and scored on LaHair's double. LaHair now is 6-for-9 in his last three games.
Jeff Baker doubled and scored three batters later on Reed Johnson's single in the Cubs' second.
Tim Stauffer gave up two runs on seven hits over five innings for the Padres. Brad Brach took over in the sixth and struck out the side.
Up next for Padres: Tuesday features split-squad games at the Peoria Sports Complex vs. the Dodgers and against the Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Rookie right-hander Casey Kelly is slated to start for the Padres in Peoria. Kelly is probably ticketed for Triple-A Tucson. Corey Luebke is scheduled to face Texas.
Up next for Cubs: Matt Garza will make his fifth spring start Tuesday when the Cubs travel to Goodyear to face the Reds. Garza did not give up an earned run over five innings in his last outing and has eight strikeouts over 12 1/3 innings. The game will be broadcast on Cubs.com.
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