Colon, Eibner pace Royals' offense vs. Rockies

Colon, Eibner pace Royals' offense vs. Rockies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Morneau hit consecutive first-inning home runs in a 6-2 victory over the Royals on Sunday in Cactus League action at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick before a crowd of 12,243.

Tulowitzki's two-run homer and Morneau's solo shot were off Royals starter Aaron Brooks, who filled in for Jeremy Guthrie (stomach virus), as the Rockies took a 3-0 lead. In the top of the first, before the homers, Tulowitzki made a diving stop on a grounder to the middle.

For the Royals, outfield prospect Brett Eibner went 3-for-3 with a double to raise his Spring Training batting average to .667 (10-for-15), while Jarrod Dyson went 2-for-3, including one hit coming on a bunt.

"Every time I see the kid play, he does a good job. He keeps showing off," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Eibner.

Two Rockies right-handed starters -- Kyle Kendrick and Jhoulys Chacin -- had smooth performances.

Kendrick went three innings and gave up two runs on five hits, but a popup that landed in front of the mound amidst the entire infield made Christian Colon's two-run single in the second inning possible. Kendrick struck out one and forced six ground-ball outs.

"I had to battle my command a little bit," Kendrick said. "I wasn't real sharp as last time. But it's coming around. It felt OK. I would have liked to have done some things better."

"Obviously, I want to keep the ball down, get a lot of groundballs. Hopefully, they can get a lot of work when I'm out there. That's the goal. They are very good players."

Chacin entered in the third and went three shutout innings, allowing four hits. He fanned one, forced a Chelsor Cuthbert double-play grounder in the third, and he pitched out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the sixth.

Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson, hitting leadoff with center fielder Charlie Blackmon not in the lineup, went 3-for-3 with a double. Nolan Arenado added his fourth RBI of the spring, on a single off Kelvin Herrera in the fifth. Trevor Story, the Rockies' No. 13 prospect, according to MLB.com, made a diving grab to start a double play in the eighth inning.

For the Royals, lefty reliever Franklin Morales, who pitched for the Rockies last season, pitched his fifth and sixth scoreless innings. Morales was signed as a free agent in the offseason and he seems like a sure bet to make the 25-man roster.

"He's throwing the ball really well," Yost said. "He's mixing his pitches. His secondary pitches are really good and he's spotting his fastball. We hoped he'd be like this."

Up next: The Royals will send out right-hander Yordano Ventura, expected to be the Opening Day starter, for a 3:05 p.m. CT start against the Indians on Monday at Surprise Stadium. Right-handers Luke Hochevar and Chris Young also are expected to make their second appearances this spring. The game can be heard on Gameday Audio.

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