ROCKIES 12, DIAMONDBACKS 11
at Tucson, Ariz.
Saturday, March 22
Rockies at the plate:
Chris Iannetta led the Rockies' charge with a two-run homer over the left-field bullpen in the fourth. Todd Helton had three hits on the day, including an RBI single to right and a run-scoring double to left-center field to tie the game in the sixth. Seth Smith launched a three-run homer into the right-field picnic area off Brandon Lyon in the seventh and laced a run-scoring double to left off Tony Pena in the eighth. Troy Tulowitzki, Matt Holliday and Cory Sullivan each had multi-hit games.
Diamondbacks at the plate:
Chris Young continued his tear through the Cactus League, leading off the first inning with a homer, walking his next time up, lacing an RBI-single to left in his third trip to the plate and eventually scoring, hitting a leadoff double down the left-field line in the seventh and later coming around to score, and walking in eighth, making him a perfect 5-for-5 in getting on base. Conor Jackson, Stephen Drew, Trot Nixon, Mark Reynolds, Jesus Merchan, Trent Oeltjen and Don Kelly also doubled for the D-backs.
Rockies on the mound:
Aaron Cook was sharp for four innings, allowing just two hits and a run. But he struggled in the fifth, hitting the first two batters and yielding three hits and five earned runs in the inning, as every batter he put on came home to score. Right-hander Ramon Ramirez continued his strong spring with two-thirds of an inning of one-hit ball to finish the fifth. Luis Vizcaino added a scoreless sixth.
Diamondbacks on the mound:
Right-hander Edgar Gonzalez had his most difficult start of the spring, giving up twice as many earned runs in 3 2/3 innings as he had in his four previous appearances. After a 1-2-3 first inning with three ground-ball outs, Gonzalez gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits and four walks. Lyon couldn't get through the seventh, yielding five runs on five hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
Cactus League records:
Diamondbacks 9-15-1, Rockies 10-10-4.
Up next for the D-backs:
Doug Davis will toe the rubber for Arizona as the club heads up valley to face the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park for a 1:05 p.m. MST game on Sunday. Five regular starters are slotted into the lineup, along with Nixon, who will make his second start at first base, Jeff Salazar in center field and Chris Burke, who is scheduled to play second. Jeff Suppan will start for the Brewers.
Up next for the Rockies: Kip Wells makes his case for a slot in the rotation on Sunday as the Rockies host the Dodgers in the first Cactus League matchup between the two teams. It will be the Dodgers' first game at Hi Corbett Field since April 4, 1968 -- the day the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. Chad Billingsley will climb the hill for the Dodgers with Esteban Loaiza scheduled to follow in the 2:05 p.m. MT game.
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.