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Ruggiano homers, extends sizzling start for Cubs

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 9, 2014 at 11:10 pm •  Published: March 9, 2014

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Justin Ruggiano went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer and three RBIs, raising his spring training batting average to .583 as the Chicago Cubs outlasted a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 10-8 Sunday.

Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was 1 for 2 with a double, lowering his average to .636.

Tyler Thornburg, who has an outside chance to win a spot in Milwaukee's rotation, gave up the home run to Ruggiano but then settled down and blanked the Cubs for the next three innings.

Chicago prospect Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs in three innings while walking two and striking out four.

Milwaukee scored five times in the seventh, aided by an error on third baseman Kris Bryant.