CHICAGO (AP) -- Randy Wells overcame a shaky start to pitch six solid innings, Kerry Wood escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and the Chicago Cubs got a home run from Alfonso Soriano in a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.
Wells (1-0), hoping to regain the form of his 2009 rookie season, outpitched Diamondbacks left-hander Joe Saunders (0-1) on an overcast afternoon at Wrigley Field.
Willie Bloomquist hit his first career leadoff homer to give Arizona a quick lead against Wells, who won the fourth spot in the Cubs' rotation with a strong spring. The right-hander struggled through an 8-14 season with a 4.26 ERA a year ago after going 12-10 with a 3.05 ERA in 2009.
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