Rockies Beat Mariners, 9-2

FootballEric YoungSportsSeattle MarinersJason GiambiMike Sweeney

Carlos Gonzalez, Ryan Spilborghs and EricYoung had two hits each, and Colorado starter Jason Hammel tossedfive strong innings to lead the Rockies past the Seattle Mariners9-2 on Thursday.

Gonzalez and Cole Garner each drove in two runs for the Rockies,who knocked out 13 hits against six pitchers.

The Mariners managed only four hits over the first eightinnings. Mike Sweeney tripled off the right field wall in thefourth inning and scored on a wild pitch, and Mark Tuiasosopo addedan RBI single in the ninth for Seattle.

Hammel, who has not walked a batter in 14 innings this spring,struck out six and allowed just three hits. Colorado's projectedNo. 5 starter dropped his ERA to 1.93.

Gonzalez drove in Jonathan Herrera with a single in the thirdand doubled home Herrera in the fourth. Young doubled and scored ona Spilborghs single in the first and singled and scored in thethird. Garner tripled home two runs and scored himself during afour-run Rockies ninth.

NOTES: Gonzalez is now hitting .370 for the spring. ... TheMariners reduced their roster to 41 players (31 roster, 10non-roster) by optioning outfield Michael Saunders to Triple-ATacoma and reassigning pitchers Mike Koplove and Levale Speigner totheir minor league camp. ... Jason Giambi, who made the trip up tothe Valley as a designated hitter for Colorado, was 0 for 3 and washit by a pitch. He is hitting .143 this spring.

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