Willits, hitting .286 for the spring, walked and scored in the second and singled home a run in the eighth, scoring from second on an infield hit and throwing error.Fellow outfield hopeful Nick Gorneault singled in two at-bats, raising his Cactus League average to .370, while Tommy Murphy singled and drove in two runs. Murphy is hitting .270. "Reggie's having a terrific spring, and so are Tommy and Nick," Scioscia said, adding that all three have credentials for the one available outfield bench spot. Catcher Jose Molina, with three singles on a perfect day, scoring twice, lifted his average to .308. Maicer Izturis impressed with a pair of two-out RBI singles before getting a gift triple on a fly ball that fell in the afternoon glare in right-center, and Robb Quinlan lashed an RBI double, raising his average to .342. Garret Anderson is hitting .458 after doubling in two at-bats. Gwyn shines: Before Francisco Rodriguez came in to strike out two of the three Diamondbacks he faced, right-hander Marc Gwyn did the closer one better. The 29-year-old right-hander fanned the only guys he faced, Eric Byrnes and Tony Clark, in the heart of the order to strand two runners in the fifth behind Saunders. "He showed a real good split today," Scioscia said of Gwyn, who is ticketed to start the season in relief for Triple-A Salt Lake. "He has a nice, live fastball with good action. That was good to see. "We talked about him earlier in the spring as a candidate for the rotation, but we like him in the bullpen. He's on our depth chart." Colon shines again: Colon had another positive day pitching to hitters in batting practice before Wednesday's game. "Bart was terrific," Scioscia said. "The ball was coming out of his hand well, and he threw some real good changeups. We'll try to get a simulated game here for Bart in a couple days, to try to get a little closer to a game environment. "His velocity was better today than the other day, and it was good then. It had late life, good jump and his arm speed was terrific. Bart's on the path, no doubt about it." Up next: Right-hander Hector Carrasco, a candidate along with Dustin Moseley for the No. 5 spot in the rotation temporarily vacated by Colon, makes his fifth Cactus League start on Thursday against Texas at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Carrasco, 1-0 with a 2.03 ERA in four impressive spring outings, will face Rangers right-hander Kameron Loe.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.