Rockies second baseman Josh Rutledge had gone four games without a hit until Sunday. After two hard outs, he lashed a leadoff single in the fifth to begin a two-run inning.
Still, the fact the Rockies haven't had much reaction to the skid, which dropped Rutledge's batting average from .316 on March 5 to its current level of .212, is a sign that they're committed to him at the new position. Drafted as a shortstop, Rutledge played short while Troy Tulowitzki was injured last season and hit .274 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs in 73 games.
"He hasn't been on fire or anything but he hasn't been swinging too bad, and he hit three bullets today," manager Walt Weiss said. "That was a good day for 'Rut.'"
• Veteran right fielder Michael Cuddyer drove in three runs, one on a first-inning single and two on a seventh-inning double. Those were his first RBIs of the spring.
"He's a guy that's very reliable," Weiss said. "That's probably why we don't talk about him much."
• Righty Tyler Chatwood, trying to pitch his way onto the staff as a starter or a reliever, yielded three runs on five hits and four walks in three innings. He was replaced by Danny Rosenbaum, who gave up Cole Gillespie's walk-off three-run homer in the 9-7 loss.
"He has great counts but it's tough to pitch in bad counts up here," Weiss said. "When you're in a lot of deep counts, you end up losing some guys. There's no question about the stuff."
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