The Rockies snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 6-5 by beating the Chicago Cubs, 6-3, at Salt River Fields. Jeff Francis delivered a stellar pitching performance tossing four scoreless innings and allowing one hit. He struck out four with no walks as he became the first Rockies pitcher to reach four innings in a game. Colorado got on the board early thanks to Todd Helton. Josh Rutledge began the attack with a single to right field and then stole second base. Wilin Rosario followed with a walk which gave way to Helton. After fouling off a number of pitches and pushing the count full, he was able to hit a ball down the left field line scoring Rutledge. Rosario would have easily scored from first if not for the ball going out of play and stopping the runners at third and second. Colorado would add another run in the second and two more in the third, thanks to a two-run round-tripper from Rosario, his first home run of Spring Training. The Chicago would slowly chip away at the Rockies four-run lead by plating single runs in the fifth and sixth but Colorado would get them right back in the sixth and seventh innings. Manny Corpas would surrender a run in the ninth making the final score, 6-3. Next up for the Rockies is an exhibition game tomorrow night against Team USA at Salt River Fields with a first pitch slated for 7:10 p.m.
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