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Arrieta debuts; Cubs top Halos with 7-run 4th

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Cubs erupted for seven runs in the fourth inning in a 13-10 victory over the Angels on Monday afternoon at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Jason Heyward snapped an 0-for-15 start to Cactus League play by crushing a solo home run off Angels starter Jesse Chavez in the second and finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Munenori Kawasaki drove in four, while Ben Zobrist went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Carlos Corporan went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Cubs erupted for seven runs in the fourth inning in a 13-10 victory over the Angels on Monday afternoon at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Jason Heyward snapped an 0-for-15 start to Cactus League play by crushing a solo home run off Angels starter Jesse Chavez in the second and finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Munenori Kawasaki drove in four, while Ben Zobrist went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Carlos Corporan went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

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After 0-for-15 start, Heyward hammers HR

Video: CHC@LAA: Heyward opens scoring with long home run

Angels third baseman Jefry Marte collected two RBIs and hit his second home run in as many days, a solo shot off Cubs ace Jake Arrieta in the second. Shane Robinson went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, while Yunel Escobar, Martin Maldonado and Michael Hermosillo each chipped in an RBI. Danny Espinosa walked and stole home in the third.

Video: CHC@LAA: Espinosa, Cron team up for double steal

Arrieta celebrated his 31st birthday by making his first spring appearance. He gave up five hits, including the homer to Marte, in two innings.

Arrieta's focus on helping Cubs, not contract

"I feel great," Arrieta said. "I still feel the same way I felt when I was in my early 20s. You hear age is just a number. I believe it is. Thirty-one doesn't sound great, but I still feel great. That's all I'm worried about."

Chavez, who is fighting for the fifth spot in the Angels' rotation, surrendered three runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out three over 2 1/3 innings.

"I think I had a little bit of uncontrollable movement, for me, compared to what I was throwing down in the bullpen before the game," Chavez said. "With the movement I had today, the sinker was just starting between the white lines, the plate and the hitter's box. Normally I like to start from the black to the white lines. Today I just wasn't able to find that release point with the movement I had."

Angels right-hander Alex Meyer, another rotation hopeful, couldn't make it out of one inning after entering in the fifth. Meyer walked four and allowed a triple to Kyle Schwarber and a double to Zobrist before being lifted with two outs. He was charged with three runs. Manager Mike Scioscia said before the game that he hoped Meyer would be able to pitch three innings in his second appearance.

Video: CHC@LAA: Zobrist extends lead with a two-run double

Relievers Andrew Bailey and Greg Mahle also had rough days for the Angels. Bailey, a contender for the club's closer job, took over in the fourth and gave up four runs on one hit and three walks over two-thirds of an inning. Mahle followed, but he also struggled, allowing three runs on three hits over one-third of an inning.

Video: CHC@LAA: Scioscia discusses offense in loss to Cubs

There were also injuries for both the Angels and Cubs. Cameron Maybin was originally penciled in to start at left field for the Halos, but he was scratched with minor right shoulder fatigue. Chicago center fielder Albert Almora Jr. also exited early with left calf soreness.

Sore left calf causes Almora to exit early

Cubs Up Next: The Cubs will take a break from Cactus League play and face Team Italy on Tuesday at Sloan Park. John Lackey makes his first spring start and Anthony Rizzo, who played for Italy in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, is expected to play. First pitch is 2:05 p.m. CT in an exclusive audio webcast on cubs.com.

Angels Up Next: The Angels will have an off-day Tuesday before resuming Cactus League play against the Reds on Wednesday at Goodyear Ballpark. Right-hander Ricky Nolasco, who allowed one run over two innings against the Giants last week, is slated to make his second start of the spring. First pitch is 12:10 p.m. PT on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.