GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox claimed a 7-3 victory over the Rockies on Sunday at Camelback Ranch in a game featuring key moments from players competing for roster spots on their respective teams.
German Marquez started for the Rockies and pitched two scoreless innings while allowing two hits. The No. 73 prospect in MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 is competing for a spot in Colorado's rotation. Pat Valaika, fighting for a utility spot, homered off White Sox starter Jose Quintana in the second.
Quintana, who lines up as the White Sox Opening Day starter, gave up the one run in two innings while striking out two. First baseman Cody Asche, a non-roster invitee for the White Sox who is in the mix for the last position-player spot, doubled home Tyler Saladino for the first White Sox run of the game.
Miguel Gonzalez hurled two scoreless innings in a rare relief appearance, entering in the third after Quintana. Closer David Robertson also pitched a scoreless inning for the White Sox.
Rockies top prospect Brendan Rodgers doubled and scored a run in the eighth.
Rockies Up Next: Righty Jon Gray, who set a club rookie record with 185 strikeouts last season, will start against the Dodgers at Glendale on Monday at 1:05 p.m. MT. He will be followed by righty Jeff Hoffman, who is competing for an open starting rotation spot.
White Sox Up Next:Lucas Giolito makes his White Sox debut Monday, as the right-hander goes against the World Series champion Cubs in Mesa with a 2:05 CT first pitch. This contest marks the first of two Cactus League matchups between the crosstown rivals, as the Cubs and White Sox meet up again on March 17 in Glendale. Dan Jennings and Tommy Kahnle also are scheduled to throw.