Apr 1, 2010 9:31 PM
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Jeff Francis, who missed all last season after shoulder surgery, pitched five scoreless innings for Colorado before Alfonso Soriano's two-run homer in the sixth inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory over the Rockies on Thursday.
Colorado's No. 2 starter held the Cubs to three singles and three walks in his best outing. The left-hander won 17 games in 2007 before going 4-10 the next year as his shoulder became problematic.
Soriano, who slumped most of March, capped his three-hit day with a homer off Matt Daley. Coming off his worst season - he hit .241 with 20 HRs and 55 RBIs - Soriano has two homers and five RBIs this spring.
Cubs starter Carlos Silva allowed six hits over five scoreless innings.
The Rockies have two more exhibition games prior to Monday's season opener in Milwaukee. The rox will play a pair with Seattle on Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque.
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