SCOTTSDALE – Lefty Kyle Freeland started a little sluggish after a 10-day break between starts, but finished strong in the Rockies 5-3 victory against Arizona on Wednesday.
Freeland, whose previous start was scratched because of an illness, gave up a two-run home run to Matt Szczur with nobody out in the second inning, and responded by retiring the next nine batters in his four-inning effort.
Freeland struck out five of the nine – the first three he faced after the home run and two more in the fourth.
n David Dahl singled home the Rockies’ first run in the second, and scored the go-ahead run after he doubled in the fourth.
n Charlie Blackmon hit his first home run of the spring in the third, and Trevor Storyt hit No. 2 in the fourth.
n Veteran relievers Wade Davis, Mike Dunn, Bryan Shaw, Seunghwan Oh and Scott Oberg worked a scoreless inning each. Oberg Dunn and Davis are unscored upon this spring.
n Right-hander Jeff Hoffman will make his fifth appearance of the spring on Thursday against the Indians in Goodyear. Hoffman, Chad Bettis and Antonio Senzatela are battling for the fifth spot in the rotation.