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Rockies 4, Diamondbacks 3


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Colorado's Tyler Chatwood and Arizona's Josh Collmenter know they have a lot to prove if they want to earn rotation spots.

They each made a good case Tuesday.

Chatwood and Collmenter each worked four solid innings, then Dexter Fowler led off the sixth inning with a tiebreaking homer to lead the Rockies to a 4-3 victory over a Diamondbacks split squad.

"He (Chatwood) had a nice outing. When he hit a rough spot he was able to pitch around it," said Colorado manager Walt Weiss. "He made the pitches he had to in key spots. And that's what you want to see. He battled and that's what you got to like."

Chatwood, who started 12 games for the Rockies last year, gave up four hits and a run runs over four innings, striking out two. But Weiss said it was too early to make a decision on the club's No. 5 starter

No matter what the outcome, Chatwood said he is ready to pitch in any role.

"I've always been a starter, so, of course, I'd rather start. But I did pitch in relief last year and am more at ease now with that," he said. "It's about developing an attitude to do whatever you have to do. I'll do whatever helps the club."

Collmenter faced 15 batters in four innings. The right-hander went 5-3 in 11 starts as a rookie last season. On Tuesday, he allowed four hits, two runs and retired eight of his last nine batters.

He will likely be left out of Arizona's rotation unless there is an injury, so he knows he is auditioning for a role as a spot starter or long reliever.

"I was pleased with the day, I had a chance to particularly work on my curveball," he said. "I pitched some relief a year ago. So I am preparing myself for either - and just to be ready to go every day. You never know how the season is going play out."

Adam Ottavio got the save for Colorado - he's never had one in the regular season in in eight years of pro ball. Ottavio was 5-1 in 53 relief appaernces a year ago.

NOTES: Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill was a late pregame scratch with an upset stomach but took batting practice. ... D-backs RHP Daniel Hudson made another step in his comeback from Tommy John surgery, throwing 20 pitches off flat ground on a practice field. ... The victory went to 43-year-old, well-traveled pitcher Miguel Batista, who worked a hitless inning. Batista, signed as a minor free agent, is making a bid to pitch in his 15th major league season. He ranks 13th among active pitchers with 658 appearances. ... The Rockies sent nine players to their minor league camp, leaving 57 on the spring roster. ... The announced attendance of 11,608 was Arizona's fifth sellout of the spring. Overall, the Diamondbacks are averaging around 8,400 a game, down from a year ago when they drew nearly 11,300 a game.

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Players of the Game

D. Fowler
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

N. Ahmed
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Breland Almadova, RF3020110 .400
    Kerry Jenkins, RF1000001 .000
John McDonald, SS4010011 .286
    Eddie Bonine, P0000000 .000
   a- Tyler Kuhn, PH0000100 .000
Eric Chavez, 3B3000012 .364
    Matt Davidson, 3B2000013 .172
Jason Kubel, LF2000100 .208
    Evan Marzilli, CF1000010 .000
Brad Snyder, CF-LF4110001 .172
Kila Ka'aihue, 1B3010101 .333
Rod Barajas, C3011002 .261
    Rossmel Perez, C1000001 .400
Nick Ahmed, 2B-SS4230001 .263
Josh Collmenter, P2000021 .000
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
   b- Didi Gregorius, PH1000001 .429
    Tyler Bortnick, 2B1000001 .000
a-walked for Bonine in the 9th
b-flied out for M. Reynolds in the 7th
2B - Rod Barajas (4, Chatwood)
3B - Nick Ahmed (1, Manship)
RBI - Rod Barajas (3)
2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas (1)
SB - Breland Almadova (1, 2nd base off Manship/Rosario), Tyler Kuhn (1, 2nd base off Ottavino/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Jason Kubel 1
DP - Kubel-Ahmed
Arizona Diamondbacks
Josh Collmenter 4422010 4.50
Brad Ziegler 1000010 0.00
Matt Reynolds (L,0-1) 1322001 12.46
Eddie Bonine 2200120 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Collmenter 17-17, Brad Ziegler 5-5, Matt Reynolds 6-6, Eddie Bonine 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Collmenter 3-7, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Matt Reynolds 2-1, Eddie Bonine 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Collmenter 15, Brad Ziegler 3, Matt Reynolds 6, Eddie Bonine 8
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF3121010 .400
    Tim Wheeler, CF1000010 .211
Corey Dickerson, LF3110000 .333
    Ryan Wheeler, LF0000100 .167
Tyler Colvin, RF3000001 .261
    Matt McBride, RF1010000 .300
Wilin Rosario, C3120000 .368
    Gustavo Molina, C1010000 .429
Ben Paulsen, 1B2111001 .471
   a- Henry Wrigley, PH-1B2011002 .429
Chris Nelson, 3B3001002 .217
    Jordan Pacheco, 3B0000000 .409
Charlie Culberson, 2B3000010 .176
    Mike McClendon, P0000000 .000
    Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .000
Jonathan Herrera, SS2000000 .214
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Manship, P0000000 .000
   b- DJ LeMahieu, PH-2B1000000 .158
Tyler Chatwood, P1000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   c- Reid Brignac, PH-SS2000010 .091
a-doubled for Paulsen in the 6th
b-grounded out for Manship in the 7th
c-grounded out for Belisle in the 5th
2B - Ben Paulsen (1, Collmenter), Henry Wrigley (2, M. Reynolds)
HR - Dexter Fowler (1, M. Reynolds)
RBI - Dexter Fowler (3), Ben Paulsen (4), Henry Wrigley (2), Chris Nelson (3)
2-OUT RBI - Henry Wrigley (2)
CS - Ryan Wheeler (1, 2nd base by Bonine/Perez)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Paulsen-Herrera-Chatwood
PB - Wilin Rosario (1)
Colorado Rockies
Tyler Chatwood 4411120 4.50
Matt Belisle (BS,2) 1211020 3.18
Miguel Batista (W,1-1) 1000100 6.75
Jeff Manship (H,2) 1110120 4.50
Mike McClendon (H,1) 1100010 0.00
Adam Ottavino (S,1) 1100100 5.40
WP - Matt Belisle (1), Miguel Batista (2), Adam Ottavino (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Chatwood 23-19, Matt Belisle 10-9, Miguel Batista 8-3, Jeff Manship 13-8, Mike McClendon 6-6, Adam Ottavino 10-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Chatwood 8-1, Matt Belisle 1-0, Miguel Batista 3-0, Mike McClendon 1-1, Adam Ottavino 1-2
Batters Faced - Tyler Chatwood 16, Matt Belisle 5, Miguel Batista 4, Jeff Manship 5, Mike McClendon 4, Adam Ottavino 5
Game Information
Attendance - 11608
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Jonathan Saphire