Pitchers struggle against Rockies

Pitchers struggle against Rockies

Rockies 8, Dodgers 2
at Tucson, Ariz.
Sunday, March 23

Rockies at the plate: Brad Hawpe returned after being out since March 10 with an elbow injury, and knocked an RBI triple and a two-run double. Omar Quintanilla and Matt Holliday each doubled, and Todd Helton tripled, singled, walked and was hit by a pitch.

Dodgers at the plate: Chin-lung Hu knocked an RBI triple. James Loney and Matt Kemp added two hits apiece.

Rockies on the mound: Starter Kip Wells struck out five and gave up two runs, five hits and a walk in four innings.

Dodgers on the mound: Chad Billingsley went five innings, and yielded three of the five runs the Rockies scored off him in the fourth. He gave up eight hits and walked three. Veteran right-hander Esteban Loaiza gave up five hits and three runs in two innings of relief work.

Spring records: Dodgers 9-16, Rockies 11-10.

Up next, Rockies: Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, the Rockies' No. 3 pitcher, has struggled in recent outings, and is 1-1 with a 6.89 ERA. In an effort to find his regular-season form, Jimenez will start on Monday against the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix. Leadoff man Willy Taveras and No. 2 batter Troy Tulowitzki, who were given Sunday off from the starting lineup, will start for the Rockies.

Up next, Dodgers: The Dodgers play a Monday night game against the Kansas City Royals in Surprise, Ariz. Japanese import Hiroki Kuroda, the expected fourth starter, will start for the Dodgers and he will be followed by 20-year-old sensation Clayton Kershaw. Kuroda has a 5.14 ERA in five spring starts, allowing 16 hits in 14 innings but no home runs. Jorge De La Rosa starts for the Royals. Before the game, Dodgers management will meet in Phoenix to discuss roster decisions. The club leaves for California after Tuesday's game with Milwaukee with an off-day on Wednesday.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.