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Samardzija hits 2nd spring home run, pitches Cubs over Mariners

Pitcher Jeff Samardzija hit his second home run this spring and also threw six innings Thursday night to lead a split squad of Chicago Cubs over the Seattle Mariners 7-4.

Samardzija, set to be the Cubs' opening day starter, struck out seven. He allowed four runs and nine hits.

Samardzija hit a solo homer and an RBI single. Alfonso Soriano and Brad Nelson also homered for Chicago, and David DeJesus had two hits and drove in a run.

Justin Smoak homered and had a sacrifice fly for the Mariners. Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez added RBI singles.

Jon Garland, bidding to win a spot in the Seattle rotation, went six innings and gave up two runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

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