Posted March 24, 2013 on AP on Fox
Todd Helton, Wilin Rosario and Josh Rutledge all homered off San Diego starter Freddy Garcia as the Colorado Rockies beat the Padres 10-4 on Saturday night. A non-roster invitee to camp, the 36-year-old Garcia allowed seven runs - three earned - in five innings. His spring ERA dropped to 8.71, but the outing likely did little to help him gain ground on Tyson Ross in the competition for the final spot in the Padres' rotation. Garcia said he will not accept a minor league assignment. Six home runs were hit in the first five innings and seven in the game as hitters took advantage of a brisk wind blowing straight out at Salt River Fields. Gustavo Molina added a three-run shot for Colorado. For the second straight day, a Rockies starter was scratched due to injury. Jorge De La Rosa did not pitch Saturday because of tightness in his left forearm. De La Rosa is expected to throw in a minor league game Sunday. Jhoulys Chacin, the team's opening-day starter, was scratched Friday due to back spasms. He pitched two innings against San Diego and allowed two hits, solo home runs to Kyle Banks and Cody Ransom. Nick Hundley added his third homer of the spring for the Padres. He has 10 RBIs in 16 games.
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