SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Diamondbacks 3-2 victory over the Cubs on Monday was a throwback.
Ian Kennedy was effective and efficient, Justin Upton had two doubles and drove in a run, Paul Goldschmidt homered and J.J. Putz closed it out with a save.
As sharp as he has been all spring, Kennedy gave up one run and five hits while becoming the first D-backs starter to go seven innings this spring. He struck out four while using an economical 82 pitches. He needed only 68 pitches in the first six innings before giving up a run in the seventh.
"Ill take that during the season," Kennedy said.
"Its nice to go seven today. As long as I get my innings up, Im pretty happy. It was a good all-around game for us."
Kennedy, 21-4 last season, has given up only one run in his last 11 innings in two major league games and two runs in 16 innings counting a start in a minor league game March 21 to keep San Francisco from seeing him again.
"Overall, I felt pretty happy about how my stuff is coming a...