Tulo homers as Rockies ease past Mariners

Goes deep in first; three-run ninth seals win

Tulo homers as Rockies ease past Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Troy Tulowitzki made his first hit of the spring count as the Rockies shortstop cranked a home run in the first inning against the Mariners in Colorado's 4-1 victory at Peoria Sports Complex on Wednesday.

Playing his second game since returning from hip surgery that sidelined him since last July, Tulowitzki also leaped high to rob Kyle Seager on a hard line drive in the bottom of the first. Tulowitzki went 1-for-1 with a walk before being replaced in the fifth inning.

"It was a good day," Tulowitzki said. "Just keep building -- building my confidence, building day to day.

Rockies close to season form

"I feel good. I have my routine. I know what I need to do. For me, it's all about playing, then hopefully the season's done and I've played all the games."

Seager wound up tying the game in the third inning with his first homer of the spring, a solo shot off Rockies right-hander Christian Bergman.

"It was a fastball in," Bergman said. "It was elevated a little bit, so typically on a lefty that's kind of a hole. But he got into it."

Tulo snares Seager's line drive

Bergman went 2 2/3 innings with four hits and the one run in his second Cactus League start.

Erasmo Ramirez gave up just the one run in his three-inning stint for Seattle, allowing two hits with two strikeouts and no walks as he lowered his spring ERA to 3.60 in two starts.

"It was way better," said Ramirez. "Last time, I was fighting for the strike zone. But today all my pitches were in command. I just made the one mistake, a little high [to Tulowitzki]. He's a great hitter and he took advantage of that. But my body feels great and I'm happy with how I'm working in the strike zone, mixing pitches and executing pitches, which is the most important thing right now."

Casteel's RBI double

Danny Hultzen threw a scoreless fourth for the Mariners in his first game since undergoing shoulder surgery in 2013, with a leadoff walk to Tulowitzki erased by a double-play grounder. Closer Fernando Rodney walked two in the fifth in his second outing of the spring, but was helped out when catcher Jesus Sucre threw out DJ LeMahieu stealing second.

Parker's booming RBI double

Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon went 0-for-2 in his first game of the spring as he returned from a sore abdomen that sidelined him at the start of camp.

Ryan Casteel's ninth-inning double, following an error, plated the go-ahead run for the Rockies. Will Swanner and Kyle Parker added two more runs off of Mariners reliever Lucas Luetge to make it 4-1.

Up next: The Rockies head to Maryvale Baseball Park on Thursday, when they visit the Brewers for the first time this spring. Right-hander Gus Schlosser gets the nod for Colorado, while Wily Peralta will start for the Brewers. Rex Brothers is also scheduled to throw for the Rockies in the 2:05 p.m. MDT contest.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.