Mark Prior sharp in minor league game

Updated: August 12, 2010, 11:45 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

YUMA, Ariz. -- Former Chicago Cubs All-Star Mark Prior pitched two scoreless innings in relief and struck out five in a row to help the Orange County Flyers beat Tijuana Cimarrones 3-2 in an Independent League game on Wednesday.

The Flyers won on a walk-off walk in the bottom of the seventh inning in the second game of a doubleheader.

Prior, who was signed by the Flyers last week, worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out the next two batters to get out of the inning. He struck out the side in the sixth.

Prior hasn't pitched in the majors since 2006. After being the second pick of the 2001 draft by the Cubs, Prior spent five seasons in Chicago, earning All-Star honors in 2003 and battling various injuries. The right-hander had two surgeries on his pitching shoulder.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.