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Kris Bryant Homers as Cubs Beat White Sox in Spring Training Showdown

David Bote drove in three runs for the Cubs as they beat their rivals in Mesa

Kris Bryant hit his second home run of spring training, and Yu Darvish struck out three batters in two innings of work as the Chicago Cubs blew out the Chicago White Sox at Sloan Park on Sunday afternoon.

David Bote drove in three runs and Ian Happ drove in two more as the Cubs beat the White Sox behind the strength of an eight-run second inning in the first Cactus League meeting between the Chicago rivals. Cristhian Adames also drove in a pair of runs, and Kyle Schwarber walked twice and drove in a run as the Cubs rolled to a victory.

On the White Sox side of the ledger, Eloy Jimenez went 0-for-3 against his former team, but Jose Abreu had a good day, hitting his second home run of the spring. Outfielder Adam Engel also drove in a pair of runs for the White Sox, who once again struggled offensively in the early part of the spring.

 The Cubs got off to a good start early, as Bote walked to force in a run and make it 1-0 in the first inning. In the second inning, Manny Banuelos began to lose his control, and after he was pulled from the game, Juan Minaya and Aaron Bummer ended up coughing up a total of five earned runs as the Cubs pulled out to a 9-0 lead.

Bryant launched a home run over the left field fence to begin the scoring, and Schwarber drove in another run on an RBI single. Bote doubled to right field to score Willson Contreras, and Happ collected a pair of RBI when he hit a ground rule double to right field to help cap off the scoring surge.

The White Sox finally got on the board thanks to home runs from Abreu and Engel, but the Cubs kept right on scoring, as Adames launched a two run home run to help extend the lead.

The Cubs will next be in action on Monday afternoon when they head to Goodyear to take on the Cincinnati Reds, and the White Sox will head home to Glendale, where they will face the Angels at Camelback Ranch.

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