ROCKIES 5, WHITE SOX 5
at Tucson, Ariz.
Thursday, March 29
Rockies at the plate:
Matt Holliday launched his fourth home run of the spring in the first inning, a three-run blast coming on the first pitch from Jon Garland. Rookie shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had two singles.
White Sox at the plate:
After Colorado starter Jeff Francis no-hit the White Sox for 4 2/3 innings, Kenny Kelly barely beat out a slow grounder to the right of the mound for the team's first hit. Josh Fields singled home Pedro Lopez in the sixth, and Minor Leaguer Victor Mercedes hit a two-out home run in the ninth to produce the final deadlock.
Rockies on the mound:
Francis, Colorado's No. 2 starter, was absolutely dominant, albeit against a White Sox lineup with its only regular being Jim Thome. Francis gave up two singles in five innings, striking out five and walking just one.
White Sox on the mound:
Garland worked seven innings in preparation for his regular-season start against Cleveland on April 4, allowing four runs in the first inning and one in the seventh. Garland gave up nine hits but didn't issue a walk, striking out three and retiring 12 Colorado hitters via the ground ball.
Cactus League records:
Rockies 13-12-2; White Sox 9-21-1.
The White Sox begin their final weekend of exhibition baseball with a game against the Braves in Atlanta, scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT on Friday. Mark Buehrle gets the start in preparation for his first regular-season trip to the mound on April 5. The Rockies are scheduled to play an exhibition game with their Triple-A team in Colorado Springs, weather permitting.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.