Cubs' Dempster pitches 2 perfect innings

PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Dempster tossed two perfect innings in his spring debut and the Chicago Cubs beat the Oakland Athletics 10-3 on Monday.

Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez each drove in a run for the Cubs. Ryan Theriot had two hits, walked once and scored twice.

Brett Anderson pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings and Kurt Suzuki homered for the A's. Anderson allowed one hit, walked two and struck out three.

The Cubs scored seven runs in the seventh, sending 11 hitters to the plate. Mike Fontenot drove in two and Chad Tracy and Bobby Scales also drove in runs in the inning.

Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer in the eighth for the A's.

Dempster said he was happy with his first outing.

"I'm just trying to thrown downhill and not let a ball hit off my head," he said. "I threw some good pitches toward the end and I can keep building up to the season. It was a good first day."

Dempster said he's more concerned of getting into a routine than building his pitch count.

The A's and Cubs are scheduled for an interleague series in June, so perhaps the game meant a little extra.

"Every time I face a hitter I try to remember what I threw him," Dempster said. "I might end up facing them again down the line."

Anderson usually pays little attention to National League hitters unless he knows he might face the same team during the season.

"Most of the time you don't think much about them," he said. "But in this situation you put it in the back of your mind."

Anderson's start was delayed a day because of Sunday's rainout and the extra 24 hours can have an effect on his preparation.

"It's kind of tough because you want to get into a routine," Anderson said. "During the season it's not such a good thing because an extra day could come in handy if your arm is sore. I'm just glad to get the first outing out of the way and I'll go from there."

A's pitcher Fautino De Los Santos did not retire any of the six hitters he faced, allowing three hits and walking two. Another batter reached on an error and he allowed six runs, three earned.

Gio Gonzalez, a candidate for the fifth starting spot, took the loss. He allowed two runs and three hits in two innings.

"I settled down in the second inning and threw some strikes," Gonzalez said. "I was excited to finally face some hitters."

Notes: The Cubs were the last team to play a road game in the spring. ... Cubs' RHP Esmaiilin Caridad has faced the minimum six hitters over his first two outings. ... A's RHP Trevor Cahill will pitch against former A's RHP Rich Harden on Tuesday. ... A's RHPs Justin Duchscherer and Joey Devine could throw off a mound on Tuesday.