Blackmon lifts Rox in Salt River Fields opener
Tenth-inning jack downs D-backs in first Spring Training outing
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Outfield prospect Charlie Blackmon's 10th-inning solo shot gave the Rockies an 8-7 victory over the D-backs in the inaugural game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
The Rockies entered the ninth with a 7-2 lead Saturday afternoon before a sellout crowd of 12,514, but the D-backs erased it with five runs on three hits and two walks against Adam Jorgenson. The big blow was Paul Goldschmidt's two-out, game-tying three-run homer -- the first round-tripper at the new park. Andrew Johnston (1-0) replaced Jorgensen after the homer and faced runners at second and third before forcing a Cody Ransom grounder to end the inning.
Blackmon, the Rockies' second-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, went deep with one out in the 10th against Daniel Stange (0-1).
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Mike Jacobs (sixth inning) and Ryan Spilborghs (seventh) had two-run doubles for the Rockies as they built an early advantage.
The D-backs' Kelly Johnson, who went 2-for-2, homered the opposite way to left off the Rockies' Greg Reynolds in the bottom of the third. The Rockies' Seth Smith led off the top of the fourth with a double off Zach Duke and scored on a single by Carlos Gonzalez, last year's National League batting champion.
Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who won 19 games last season and finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting, threw two scoreless innings with two hits and a walk. D-backs starter Aaron Heilman, competing for a rotation spot, held the Rockies to one hit in two scoreless innings.
Rockies up next: The Rockies are off from Cactus League play Sunday but will have an intrasquad game at the complex at 1 p.m. MT. It'll be the first spring appearance for left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, who celebrated three strong seasons with the club by signing a two-year contract with a player option for a third year. Also throwing are fellow left-handers Christian Friedrich and Rex Brothers and right-handers Felipe Paulino, Juan Nicasio, Clayton Mortensen, Cory Riordan, Casey Weathers, Sean White, Alan Johnston and John Maine.
The Rockies re-enter Cactus League play Monday against the D-backs, with Jhoulys Chacin starting, followed by righty Esmil Rogers, lefty Eric Stults, righty Huston Street and righty Matt Belisle. The D-backs start right-hander Armando Galarraga and follow him with Barry Enright, Jarrod Parker and David Hernandez.
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