Groin an issue for De La Rosa in Rockies' loss

Lefty exits first spring start after 2 1/3 innings; CarGo drives in two runs

Groin an issue for De La Rosa in Rockies' loss

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.

De La Rosa exits the game

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.

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.

Butler's key double play

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

Up next: The Rockies will engage in split-squad action on Saturday. Righty Jhoulys Chacin will start the home game at 2:10 p.m. MT against the Dodgers (watch on MLB.TV), while righty hopeful David Hale will start the road game against the Indians at 2:05 p.m. in Goodyear (listen on Gameday Audio).

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