D-backs starter Robbie Ray was impressive over two innings in his spring debut as he battles for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. The left-hander allowed a leadoff double to Charlie Blackmon before retiring the next six hitters in order.
The Rockies, though, were able to get to right-hander Zack Godley to take the lead in third on Trevor Story's three-run homer to center.
Carlos Gonzalez added a homer in the fifth off reliever Tyler Clippard.
Gonzalez's replacement, David Dahl, doubled home a run in the top of the seventh for a 5-4 Rockies lead.
Zach Borenstein's ground-rule double scored Brandon Drury in the bottom of the eighth for a 5-5 tie.
Eddie Butler, who is battling for a spot in the Colorado rotation, allowed a pair of third-inning runs on a two-out double by Rickie Weeks.
Up next for D-backs: Friday will be the first time the D-backs get to see their prize offseason acquisition, Zack Greinke, in a game setting. The right-hander will make his spring debut against the split-squad A's at Salt River Fields at 1:10 p.m. MST.
Up next for Rockies: Rockies manager Walt Weiss announced Thursday that lefty Chris Rusin has been scratched from Friday's 1:05 p.m. MT start against the split-squad Athletics at HohoKam Park with left middle finger inflammation. Non-roster right-hander Shane Carle , acquired from the Pirates for reliever Rob Scahill after the 2014 season, will start. Carle will be followed by lefty prospect Harrison Musgrave . Cristhian Adames, who played second base Thursday but is part of the shortstop competition, will lead off and play short, according to the lineup posted Thursday morning. Gerardo Parra, DJ LeMahieu, Mark Reynolds, Nick Hundley and Brandon Barnes are among veteran position players scheduled to play.
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