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Arizona (1-1) «0005300008140
Colorado (1-1)000002040692

Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 6

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Eric Hinske feels right at home in Arizona, and the transition to playing for the Diamondbacks has been pretty comfortable as well.

Hinske had three singles and two RBIs and fellow Diamondbacks newcomer Martin Prado had two hits with three RBIs, leading Arizona to an 8-6 win over the Colorado Rockies on a chilly Sunday at Salt River Fields.

Hinske, the 2002 American League Rookie of the Year who signed with Arizona as a free agent in December, drove in runs in the fourth and fifth innings, when the Diamondbacks did all their damage in windy, 54-degree conditions.

"My timing is getting better in my mind," said Hinske, an Arizona resident. "A couple of the hits might look like lucky hits, but in my mind there are no lucky hits. I got a chance to play in the first two games and I feel good. The only downside was the cold. Where's all my sunny Arizona weather."

Hinske will pinch hit and back up Paul Goldschmidt at first base for the Diamondbacks.

"It's a great situation for me. I live here so it's very comfortable and I've played with a lot of these guys before in different places," he said. "With the lineup we can put on the field and the arms we throw at people you know it's going to be a fun year."

Prado, the main acquisition in the offseason deal that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta, drove in three runs with a pair of hits including a two-run double in the five-run Arizona fourth. He now has four RBIs in his first two spring games.

Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning for Rockies, who had three hits in the first five innings. Jose Gonzalez, Matt McBride and Kyle Parker had RBI hits during a four-run eighth.

Colorado reliever Juan Nicasio, coming back from knee surgery that ended his season in June, took the loss. Counted to be a rotation member for the Rockies, Nicasio allowed four runs - one earned - and four hits in 2-3 of an inning before being lifted.

"I don't think he's pitched in about seven months and it's all about getting a feel," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "He was working on his secondary stuff, and that put him in some tough counts. If he can pitch in good counts he's going to be very tough because that's a big arm, there is some life to his stuff. That's going to be the key for him."

Prado doubled into the right-center gap off Colorado reliever Parker Frazier to score two in the fourth after Adam Eaton and Hinske had RBI singles. Prado singled home Hinske during a three-run Arizona fifth.

Colorado veteran Jeff Francis, who won 17 games in 2007 but is 20-39 with a 5.06 ERA since, started and allowed two hits in two scoreless innings for the Rockies.

"Two quiet innings and very efficient," Weiss said. "A great job."

NOTES: Eaton also had three hits for Arizona, and Eric Chaves had two. . Colorado center fielder Tim Wheeler made a nice shoestring to rob Prado of another hit in third inning. "Interesting weather," Wheeler said. "I guess we're getting ready for Denver (in April)." . Arizona starter Patrick Corbin, fighting for the final spot in the Arizona rotation, helped his cause with two strong scoreless innings. He struck out four straight hitters including Carlos Gonzalez and Ramon Hernandez after allowing a walk to Colorado's leadoff hitter, Wheeler. "Last year I came up and wanted to show them what I have and this year you have a definite goal in mind," Corbin said. "I can relax and just try to be myself and show that I can be the guy."

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

M. Prado
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Colorado

C. Dickerson
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF4131000 .667
    Mark Teahen, RF1000011 .000
Martin Prado, DH4023001 .429
   a- A.J. Pollock, PH-DH1000000 .000
Aaron Hill, 2B3000103 .000
    Josh Wilson, SS10100001.000
Jason Kubel, LF3110002 .333
   b- Alfredo Marte, PH-LF2000001 .250
Cody Ross, RF2100011 .000
   c- Tuffy Gosewisch, PH-C2000001 .000
Eric Chavez, 3B3221000 .667
    Matt Davidson, 3B2010000 .500
Eric Hinske, 1B3232000 .750
    Kila Ka'aihue, 1B2000010 .250
Wil Nieves, C3000014 .000
    Tony Campana, CF2000010 .000
Cliff Pennington, SS3110001 .333
    Nick Ahmed, 2B0000100 .500
Totals41814725  
a-grounded out for Prado in the 8th
b-flied out for Kubel in the 6th
c-grounded out for Ross in the 6th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (1, Frazier), Josh Wilson (1, Threets), Eric Chavez (1, Batista)
RBI - Adam Eaton (2), Martin Prado 3 (4), Eric Chavez (1), Eric Hinske 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Eaton (2), Martin Prado 3 (3)
CS - Matt Davidson (1, 2nd base by McClendon/J. Gonzalez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Hill-Pennington-Hinske, Pennington-Hill-Ka'aihue, Wilson-Ahmed-Ka'aihue, Ahmed-Wilson-Ka'aihue, Ahmed-Wilson-Ka'aihue
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Patrick Corbin 2100140 0.00
Charles Brewer (W,1-0) 2000130 0.00
Warner Madrigal (H,1) 1100100 0.00
Garrett Mock (H,1) 1222101 18.00
Starling Peralta (H,1) 1000100 0.00
Kevin Munson (H,1) 0.1344200108.00
Seth Simmons0100100 0.00
Taylor Siemens (H,1) 0.2000000 0.00
Bo Schultz (S,1) 1100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Patrick Corbin 18-14, Charles Brewer 16-12, Warner Madrigal 7-3, Garrett Mock 9-5, Starling Peralta 6-2, Kevin Munson 12-4, Seth Simmons 5-1, Taylor Siemens 1-1, Bo Schultz 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Patrick Corbin 1-0, Charles Brewer 1-2, Warner Madrigal 1-1, Garrett Mock 1-2, Starling Peralta 1-1, Kevin Munson 1-0, Taylor Siemens 1-0, Bo Schultz 2-0
Batters Faced - Patrick Corbin 7, Charles Brewer 7, Warner Madrigal 4, Garrett Mock 6, Starling Peralta 3, Kevin Munson 6, Seth Simmons 2, Taylor Siemens 1, Bo Schultz 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tim Wheeler, CF2000110 .500
    Ryan Wheeler, 3B2110000 .250
Jordan Pacheco, 1B2000011 .200
    Ben Paulsen, 1B2110100 .500
Carlos Gonzalez, LF2000021 .000
    Corey Dickerson, LF2212101 .500
Ramon Hernandez, C1000111 .000
    Gustavo Molina, C1010000 .333
    Jose Gonzalez, C11110001.000
Kent Matthes, RF3000022 .200
    Matt McBride, RF1111000 .333
Nolan Arenado, 3B3010001 .333
    Rafael Ortega, CF0000100 .000
Kyle Parker, DH2012201 .500
Reid Brignac, SS2010000 .500
    Tommy Manzella, SS1000101 .000
DJ LeMahieu, 2B3000001 .000
    Cristhian Adames, 2B1000001 .000
Totals3169687  
Batting
2B - Gustavo Molina (1, Mock), Matt McBride (1, Munson)
HR - Corey Dickerson (1, Mock)
RBI - Corey Dickerson 2 (2), Jose Gonzalez (1), Matt McBride (1), Kyle Parker 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Reid Brignac (1, Throwing), Tim Wheeler (1, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis 2200000 0.00
Juan Nicasio (L,0-1) 1.2441010 5.40
Parker Frazier 0.1211100 27.00
Miguel Batista 1433010 27.00
Matt Belisle 1000000 0.00
Josh Outman 1000120 0.00
Erick Threets 1100000 0.00
Mike McClendon 1100010 0.00
HBP - Ross (by Miguel Batista)
WP - Juan Nicasio (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 9-9, Juan Nicasio 13-12, Parker Frazier 7-3, Miguel Batista 10-9, Matt Belisle 3-3, Josh Outman 11-7, Erick Threets 4-4, Mike McClendon 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 3-3, Juan Nicasio 1-4, Miguel Batista 1-1, Matt Belisle 2-1, Erick Threets 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 8, Juan Nicasio 10, Parker Frazier 4, Miguel Batista 8, Matt Belisle 3, Josh Outman 4, Erick Threets 4, Mike McClendon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 7478
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Lance Barrett