Diamondbacks beat Rockies 8-7 in Mexico
LaRoche finished the afternoon 3 for 3 to raise his average this spring to .389. Tony Abreu(notes) was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and is hitting .481 this spring to become the front-runner for the final roster spot.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy accompanied the team to Mexico, while bench coach Tom Runnells remained in Tucson, Ariz., to guide the other portion of the squad to a 5-4 win over Seattle.
Former Colorado pitcher Rodrigo Lopez(notes) received the start for Arizona. He lasted three innings, giving up two runs and five hits. Lopez is in the mix for the fifth spot in the Diamondbacks’ rotation.
Trailing 5-4 in the sixth, Arizona took the lead for good when Abreu hit a two-run single to left-center. The Diamondbacks added two runs in the seventh.