Final in 8

Rockies 8

(10-13, 6-6 away)

Cubs 9

(16-12, 9-6 home)

    4:05 PM ET, March 24, 2009

    HoHoKam Park, Mesa, Arizona 

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    Cubs 9, Rockies 8

    Associated Press

    MESA, Ariz. -- Greg Smith's fatigue was understandable.

    Smith pitched three innings in the Colorado Rockies' 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday in his first Cactus League game since March 3 after being sidelined with flulike symptoms.

    "I felt OK," Smith said. "I didn't feel weak, but I did get a little tired toward the end."

    The left-hander allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits. He struck out two and walked two.

    Chicago picked up two runs in the first. Derrek Lee hit an RBI single and Aramis Ramirez had a sacrifice fly.

    "In the first inning I felt like I made some pitches, but they had some hits with a bloop over second or a broken-bat hit," Smith said. "As the game went on, I felt good, I felt good, but then I would leave a breaking ball up, or leave a changeup and that's when I started getting a little tired. It wasn't as crisp as I wanted to be later."

    Chad Gaudin allowed two runs and two hits in two innings for the Cubs in his first spring outing since last Wednesday. The right-hander is transitioning to the bullpen after falling out of the competition for the fifth starter spot.

    "Some things just don't go your way sometimes," Gaudin said. "Try to make some adjustments and get back to where I was. I felt good. I felt good about what I was doing out there. It was a lot better than I had been before. It's a work in progress."

    Gaudin has a 10.03 ERA this spring. He got the start even though he lost to left-hander Sean Marshall in the competition for the final rotation spot. Manager Lou Piniella said his role likely will be as a middle reliever.

    Milton Bradley hit his second spring homer and finished with three hits for Chicago. Alfonso Soriano went 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs, and Reed Johnson scored three runs.

    Dan Ortmeier hit a two-run homer for Colorado.

    Game notes


    The Cubs made five roster cuts, reducing their spring roster to 37. They optioned RHP Jose Ascanio, INF-OF Jake Fox and OF Sam Fuld to Triple-A Iowa. LHP Jason Waddell and INF Bobby Scales were reassigned to minor league camp.

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    Game Information

    StadiumHoHoKam Park, Mesa, AZ
    Umpires, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Gerry Davis