Scott Hairston homered for the Chicago Cubs before their game against a split squad of Cincinnati Reds was rained out in the second inning with the score 1-all Friday night.
Hairston homered in the first off Tony Cingrani. Neftali Soto put the Reds ahead with a sacrifice fly.
The game was stopped after a 33-minute rain delay.
After Hairston homered, Alfonso Soriano doubled and Luis Valbuena walked but Cingrani got Dioner Navarro to pop up.
Nick Struck, the Cubs' minor league pitcher of the year, started and walked Shin-Soo Choo. Emmanuel Burris, filling in for Brandon Phillips, singled and Jay Bruce loaded the bases with a single. Soto, who has played first base in the absence of Joey Votto, hit a sacrifice fly to it.
Phillips and Votto are playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Cingrani, the Reds' minor league pitcher of the year, struck out two in the second before the rain.
Soto has impressed manager Dusty Baker this spring.
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