Manufactured runs a welcome sight for Weiss

Manufactured runs a welcome sight for Weiss

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rockies' two-run third inning in their rain-shortened game against the Royals was an example of what the club hopes accomplish in road games -- where they can't take advantage of hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Reid Brignac opened the inning with a single. Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie hit Eric Young Jr. with a pitch, then didn't throw to third in time when Dexter Fowler bunted. From there Todd Helton knocked a sacrifice fly to center and Michael Cuddyer grounded to third to drive in the second run.

"We got some guys in motion on the bases, and Todd did his typical thing. With runners in scoring position we had some productive outs to score runs," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "It would be a nice formula on the road."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.