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Soler triples in win; Jackson struggles in loss for Cubs

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TEMPE, ARIZ. -- Los Angeles Angels lefty Hector Santiago kept up his push for a starting spot, pitching four shutout innings Friday in a 3-2 loss to the Cubs in a split-squad game.

In his second spring start, Santiago allowed only one hit and struck out five. He hasn't permitted an earned run in 6⅔ innings this spring.

Cubs prospect Jorge Soler hit a go-ahead triple in the ninth. Luis Valbuena doubled and scored in the seventh.

Chicago starter James McDonald worked two scoreless innings.

Angels slugging prospect C.J. Cron, who hit a tying, three-run homer in the ninth on Thursday, delivered an RBI single in the eighth.

Indians 7, Cubs 2:

In the other split squad game, Edwin Jackson allowed three runs and four hits in three innings for the Cubs while Carlos Carrasco struck out six of the 12 batters he faced in leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-2 win in Mesa.

Jackson, coming off a subpar first year of a four-year, $52 million contract, hit two batters and struck out two.

Mike Aviles hit a first-inning homer, givng the Indians a quick 2-0 lead after Nyjer Morgan opened the game with a single off Jackson.

Carrasco was strong in his first start and third appearance. He gave up three hits and two runs -- none earned -- in three innings. He did not walk a battter.

Indians reserve outfielder Ryan Raburn left in the third inning with a bruised left knee after running into the right field wall chasing Kris Bryant's home run in the second. The Indians said the injury is not expected to be serious.

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