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Rockies hit three homers but fall

Rockies hit three homers but fall

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PADRES 9, ROCKIES 6
at Tucson, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 23

Rockies at the plate: Carlos Gonzalez doubled off the center-field wall to open the first, homered to center in the third and drove a pitch to the wall but saw it stay in the park in the fourth. Chris Iannetta led off the fourth with a homer. Troy Tulowitzki launched a homer to left in the fifth, after he and the Padres' Everth Cabrera had to be separated following a rundown play in the top of the frame.

Padres at the plate: Tony Gwynn Jr. doubled in the fourth and finished with three hits. Nick Hundley launched a two-run shot during San Diego's five-run sixth. Aaron Cunningham doubled in the fifth and tripled in the sixth. Chase Headley had a two-run single.

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Rockies on the mound: Starter Jason Hammel, who entered with a 1.93 ERA, spent the day behind in the count and gave up seven hits and five runs in five-plus innings. Rafael Betancourt, in his first spring outing after battling shoulder stiffness, gave up a run on one hit in his inning. Lefty Randy Flores, returning from a bruised forearm, gave up a leadoff infield hit, but retired the next three hitters -- including Cunningham on a strikeout.

Padres on the mound: San Diego starter Kevin Correia, a key member of the rotation, gave up the homers to Gonzalez, Iannetta and Tulowitzki while yielding a total of four runs and nine hits over six innings.

Worth noting: The walk that Hammel issued to the Padres' Chase Headley was his first in 14 1/3 Cactus League innings.

Cactus League records: Rockies 13-8-1, Padres 9-10

Up next: The Rockies are off Wednesday, though left-hander Greg Smith will pitch in a Minor League game at Tucson's Hi Corbett Field. Opening Day starter Ubaldo Jimenez will start Thursday against the Reds at Hi Corbett Field.

After two days in Tucson, the Padres return to Peoria for a 7:05 p.m. PT game against the Seattle Mariners. The game will be televised live on MLB.TV and on Chan. 4 in San Diego. Chris Young gets the start and will likely work upward of six innings. Young has a 4.83 ERA in four outings this spring. He has been encouraged with his command, velocity and his secondary pitches at times. Young is a candidate to start Opening Day for the Padres on April 5 vs. Arizona.

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

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