Venditte tallies first win with scoreless relief

A's switch-pitcher goes two innings; Fuld drives in two runs vs. Rockies

Venditte tallies first win with scoreless relief

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Athletics switch-pitcher Pat Venditte earned his first Cactus League win with two scoreless innings in a 3-2 victory over the Rockies on Friday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Venditte gave up one hit, struck out one and walked one in a game that saw each team deal with an injury to an important player.

Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa, making his Cactus League debut, left after 2 1/3 innings after aggravating the tightness in his left groin, an injury that caused him to miss his first two scheduled Cactus League starts. De La Rosa, who appeared in a "B" game this spring, threw 45 pitches and gave up two runs on three hits. He was replaced by Nelson Gonzalez, who was pitching when Sam Fuld drove in a run on a triple that Rockies left fielder Kyle Parker lost in the sun.

The winning run scored on Fuld's grounder in the seventh. Fuld beat out the attempted double play, but the relay throw hit him in the left side of his face. He was able to walk off the field, and was attended to by the A's training staff.

Fuld exits with injury

A's starter Jesse Chavez pitched four innings, gave up six hits and held the Rockies to two runs, on Carlos Gonzalez's two-run double in the third.

The Athletics scored a run off right-hander Eddie Butler, who went 3 2/3 innings and wiggled in and out of trouble. He gave up four hits, walked two and hit one, but struck out three and gave up just one run.

Billy Burns went 2-for-2 for Oakland. Gonzalez, Rafael Ynoa and Parker had two hits apiece for Colorado.

Up next: The A's will stay home Saturday for a 1:05 p.m. PT contest against the Reds at Hohokam Stadium. Jesse Hahn is slated to take the mound for the A's. He'll look to pad his resume as one of several candidates in the mix to fill out the back end of the A's rotation. Relievers Fernando Abad and Evan Scribner are also scheduled to pitch. Listen to the game live on Gameday Audio.

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