SCOTTSDALE, Az. -- Colton Welker delivered a walk-off single, lifting the Rockies to an 11-10 win over the Rangers at Salt River Field.
The Rockies rallied from a 7-0 deficit after four innings thanks to six runs in the fifth and three in the seventh, and then, after the Rangers went back up 10-9, the Rockies scored twice in the bottom of the ninth. With one out in the ninth, Peter Mooney doubled home one run, and an out later, Welker had the game-ending hit.
-- Ryan McMahon hit his second home run of the spring, leaving him with a .444 average. Pat Valaika, also a candidate for the second base job with McMahon and Garrett Hampson, also hit a home run, his second. Valaika is hitting .385. Hampson was 0-for-1, leaving him with a .261 average.
--Scheduled starting pitcher Kyle Freeland was scratched with flu-like symptons. He was feeling better on Friday, but manager Bud Black felt it was wise to give him a rest. Rico Garcia started, and after allowing a single in the first two innings allowed four runs while retiring only two batters in the third.
--After the Rangers took that 10-9 lead in the top of the eighth, Nelson Gonzalez got the call from the bullpen. He got Scott Griffs to pop up, ending the eighth with two men on base, and then worked a shutout ninth to set the stage for the game-winning rally.