Final

Brewers 5

(3-3, 1-3 away)

Cubs 3

(3-2, 2-2 home)

    3:05 PM ET, March 9, 2010

    HoHoKam Park, Mesa, Arizona 

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    Wells tosses three innings of one-hit ball in Cubs' loss

    Associated Press

    MESA, Ariz. -- It took Randy Wells seven years to stick with the Chicago Cubs. Only seven years? Joe Inglett wishes he had been so lucky.

    Inglett, an 11th-year pro trying to win the final spot on Milwaukee's 25-man roster, hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday, lifting the Brewers to a 5-3 victory over the Cubs.

    Wells' fine three-inning stint to start the game -- similar to many of his outings last season, when he came out of nowhere to be one of baseball's top rookies -- was long over by the time Inglett sent a pitch from Blake Parker over the right-field fence.

    "It's spring training and there's no stats or anything, but it feels good," Inglett said. "Still, I've got a lot of work to do, execution stuff I need to improve on."

    Inglett was upset that, two innings before his winning shot, he popped out with a runner on second and nobody out.

    "I've got to move that runner over," he said. "I've got to get the job done."

    Inglett, 31, has played in 211 big-league games but has never made a club out of spring training. Now out of minor league options, he is battling Adam Heether, Luis Cruz and Mat Gamel for a utility infielder job.

    "It's nice to be in the mix, but I try not to put pressure on myself," Inglett said. "I've done that in the past and my game has gone down the tube real quick."

    Wells certainly can empathize with Inglett's plight.

    He was trapped in the minors until the Cubs called him up last May to replace an injured Carlos Zambrano. Wells pitched superbly and got to stay with Chicago when Rich Harden went on the disabled list.

    There was no getting him out of the rotation after that. He went on to lead the team in wins (12) and ERA (3.05).

    This spring, the 27-year-old right-hander is considered one of the stalwarts of the staff.

    Tuesday, Craig Counsell singled in the first inning and then was picked off by Wells, who otherwise has allowed no baserunners in five spring innings.

    Wells, Zambrano and Ryan Dempster have combined to pitch to the minimum 27 batters in their four starts.

    "I went and screwed it up today," Wells said. "I gave up a hit."

    His goal is to be the exact same pitcher this season as he was last year: "Give a quality start, go as deep in the game as you can and then turn it over to the bullpen."

    Brewers starter Jeff Suppan, who had pitched two perfect innings his first time out, gave up three runs on five hits in three innings -- the first runs allowed by any of Milwaukee's five starters this spring. Derrek Lee hit a solo homer off Suppan in the third for a 3-0 Chicago lead.

    Cubs closer Carlos Marmol allowed two fourth-inning runs, one unearned due to catcher Geovany Soto's throwing error, and the Brewers tied it on Jody Gerut's double in the sixth.

    Game notes


    Cubs LHP Ted Lilly, whose recovery from offseason shoulder surgery was delayed by illness early in camp, hopes to pitch in at least one exhibition before the team breaks camp. "I've felt great," he said Tuesday. "I'm trying to listen to my body and push it a little bit." Manager Lou Piniella also believes Lilly could pitch by month's end. Lilly, who isn't expected to return to the rotation until early May, will have a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday. ... Gamel (sore right shoulder) didn't play for Milwaukee and is listed as day to day. ... Fans groaned when it was announced that the temperature was 43 degrees in Mesa but 49 back in Chicago.

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    Game Information

    StadiumHoHoKam Park, Mesa, AZ
    Weather43 degrees, Clear
    Wind9 mph, SE
    UmpiresHome - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Gary Darling