Sports - Colorado Rockies

Mar 17, 2014 7:56 PM by Greg Smith

Pridie, Rutledge lead Rockies' big day on offense

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jason Pridie reached base four times on Monday and the Rockies had five doubles in the fourth inning en route to a 9-7 victory over the Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Colorado starting pitcher Brett Anderson, who entered the game with a 1.80 ERA, allowed five runs, three earned, on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

San Diego starting pitcher Tyson Ross allowed six runs on 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings with six strikeouts. Ross threw 84 pitches, including 56 strikes.

"A lot of the runs came from balls out over the plate," Padres manager Bud Black said of Ross. "He left some fastballs up that were hit. He threw a couple of good sliders, some that were for strikeouts that were well-executed. But a lot of the runs came from elevated pitches. There was some Arizona, wind-blown elements today, but that wasn't the true cause of the one [big] inning."

San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin was a late scratch. He was replaced by Tommy Medica with Xavier Nady getting the start at first base. Medica had a double and is hitting .404 this spring.

San Diego leadoff hitter Everth Cabrera had two hits, including a two-run triple in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 6-4.

Earlier in the game, Nady, a non-roster invitee in big league camp, hit a two-run home run to deep left field, his second of the spring.

As for the Rockies, they got doubles from Justin Morneau, Josh Rutledge, Jackson Williams and Pridie in that fourth inning. Pridie had three hits in the game and a walk.

Rutledge's big day on offense continued when he launched a solo home run, his second of the spring, in the seventh inning off right-hander Matt Wisler.

Outfielder Tim Wheeler knocked a solo homer off Tim Stauffer in the ninth to give the Rockies a 9-5 lead.

In the bottom of the frame, Lee Orr grounded out to bring Jeremy Baltz in to score. Later in the inning, Ryan Jackson knocked an RBI single, scoring Corey Dickerson.

Up Next: The Rockies are off Tuesday, but right-hander Tyler Chatwood will pitch in a Minor League game. The Rockes return to Cactus league action Wednesday, with lefty Franklin Morales throwing against the Cubs at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Game time is 7:40 p.m. MT. The game can be seen live on MLB.TV.

 

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