at Tucson, Ariz.
Sunday, March 7
Rockies at the plate: Third baseman Melvin Mora doubled twice and scored once in the first four innings. Carlos Gonzalez doubled, singled and drove in two runs. Chris Nelson singled twice after entering the game as a reserve.
D-backs at the plate: Mark Reynolds singled in his first two at-bats.
Rockies on the mound: Starter Aaron Cook went three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out one in his Cactus League debut. Prospect Samuel Deduno gave up a hit, an unearned run and struck out three in two innings. Manuel Corpas struck out three in 1 1/3 innings.
D-backs on the mound: Starter Kevin Mulvey, one of several competing for the fifth rotation spot, struck out one, gave up a hit and walked one in two scoreless innings. Reliever Bob Howry faced runners at second and third with two out, and got a grounder from Miguel Olivo. Zach Kroenke gave up a run and two hits in his inning. Matt Torra gave up four hits and three runs, one earned, in one inning.
Cactus League records: Rockies, 3-2; D-backs, 1-3.
Worth noting: The gametime temperature was 56 and light rain fell, but the biggest weather-related factor was the 18-mph wind, gusting to 30 mph. It blew toward hitters. Balls crushed by Carlos Gonzalez in the first inning and Miguel Olivo in the second were outs that didn't even make the warning track. ... Second baseman Eric Yonug Jr. and Mora made dazzling plays on grounders for the Rockies, but the best defensive play was D-backs center fielder Chris Young's running lunge for Darin Holcomb's hard liner.
Up next: The Rockies will face the Padres at Peoria. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is scheduled to make the bus trip, as is center fielder Dexter Fowler. Two starting rotation members, lefty Jorge De La Rosa and righty Jason Hammel, will throw, with De La Rosa starting the game.
Former Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba is with the Padres.
The D-backs face the Indians at Tucson Electric Park on Monday. Rodrigo Lopez will get the start against Fausto Carmona in a battle of right-handers. Lopez is in the hunt in all-camp auditions for at least the fifth spot in the rotation.
If Brandon Webb can't make it by Opening Day April 5 at home against the Padres, manager A.J. Hinch will be looking to fill the last two slots. Lopez has made one relief appearance, allowing three runs in one inning this past Thursday on a Seth Smith homer for a 13.50 ERA, during an 11-1 Cactus League opening loss to Colorado.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less