Mazara belts first homer of spring in loss to Colorado

Lewis, Gallardo combine to allow six runs in six innings

Mazara belts first homer of spring in loss to Colorado

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Troy Tulowitzki hit two home runs to carry the Rockies to a 10-4 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday. Minor League outfielder Nomar Mazara hit his first spring home run for the Rangers.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis went three innings and allowed four runs on seven hits, a walk and two strikeouts. Lewis gave up three home runs and threw 57 pitches in his final outing of the spring.

Lewis was followed to the mound by Yovani Gallardo, the Rangers' Opening Day starter on Monday against the Athletics. Gallardo allowed two runs on four hits and a strikeout while throwing 49 pitches.

"Colby feels good about where he is at," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "He wanted to work on his fastball command. A couple pitches got away from him. Gallardo was the same, wanted to work on his fastball command. He threw only one breaking ball. All in all the guys are pleased where they are."

Rockies pitcher Kyle Kendrick, in his last spring outing before an Opening Day assignment on Monday in Milwaukee, went five innings and allowed four runs -- three earned -- on five hits, a walk and four strikeouts. Kendrick threw 90 pitches and had a 3.98 ERA for the spring.

"Today, I hit a guy 1-2 and gave up some hits and some runs, but we swung it well," Kendrick said. "The main thing is I got my pitch count up. I came to camp healthy, got my work in and I'm ready for Opening Day."

Tulowitzki went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs with a pair of home runs. He is now hitting .395 for the spring with five home runs and 11 RBIs. Carlos Gonzalez also hit a home run among the Rockies' 14 hits.

The Rangers have lost seven straight, leaving them with a record of 9-18-4 with two games to go. The club record for losses in Spring Training is 19. That has happened four times, the last being in 2010.

Up next: The Rangers are off on Thursday as they return home to Arlington for their final two exhibition games against the Mets. Prince Fielder is 8-for-16 in his last six games and will be trying to finish strong. The Rangers are expected to pitch relievers on Friday at 7:05 CT on MLB.TV. The Rangers will have a couple of top Minor League outfielders with Nomar Mazara and Nick Williams making the trip.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.