PHOENIX (AP) - Ryan Dempster figured once through the order against a division rival was enough.
Dempster pitched three scoreless innings and the Chicago Cubs beat a Milwaukee Brewers split-squad 6-1 on Saturday afternoon.
``I'm going to face those guys a lot during the year,' said Dempster, who worked in the bullpen after leaving the mound. ``There's no sense facing them more than I had to.'
The right-hander allowed two hits and walked two in his second spring start, but he said the results he's looking for aren't found on the scoreboard.
``Results are where I throw the pitch,' he said. ``That's what I'm trying to do, execute my pitches.'
Dempster was 0-2 with a 4.24 ERA in three starts against the NL Central champion Brewers last season. He was 10-14 with a 4.80 ERA overall in one of his worst seasons since joining the Cubs in 2004.
Chris Narveson pitched 3 2-3 innings in the longest outing by a Brewers pitcher this spring. Narveson allowed two hits, though the second was a wind-aided home run to left field by Starlin Castro.
``It's so hit or miss out here with all the elements,' Narveson said. ``There have been a couple of springs where I thought I threw the ball well and others when I thought I threw well but gave up a bunch of runs.'
Narveson threw two perfect innings against San Francisco in his previous spring start. The left-hander went 11-8 with a 4.45 ERA in 28 starts and 30 appearances for Milwaukee last season.
``I've still got four or five more starts,' Narveson said. ``I'm just trying to get my pitch count up and get ready for the season.'
Castro's first spring homer gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the fourth, and Chicago added another run in the fifth when Darwin Barney tripled in Ian Stewart.
Alex Gonzalez homered in the seventh for Milwaukee.
NOTES: Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez's Twitter-advertised plan to bunt the first pitch from Dempster didn't come to fruition. Dempster started his former teammate with a fastball at his helmet before getting Ramirez to ground into a double play to end the first. ``That would have been a tough pitch to bunt,' Dempster said. . Brewers closer John Axford pitched a perfect sixth, striking out two. Axford had allowed a run and three hits in two innings entering the game. . Stewart finished 2 for 3. . Brewers LF Logan Schafer went 3 for 3 and is 6 for 11 this spring.
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