3/27/2013 7:30 P.M. ET
Tulo, Fowler power Rox as Chacin struggles
By John Schlegel / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- The Rockies' Dexter Fowler cracked a pair of home runs to center field against A's starter Jarrod Parker, but the A's rallied for a 6-5 victory in their final game of the spring at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin, making his final spring appearance before taking the ball on Opening Day, allowed six earned runs on 10 hits to take the loss. Parker, who will pitch the second game of the season next Tuesday, went 4 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits including three homers, before reliever Hideki Okajima finished out the fifth to get the victory.
Fowler led off the game with a shot to center off Parker and Troy Tulowitzki followed with an RBI single to give Colorado an early 2-0 edge. Yeonis Cespedes singled and pinch-runner Luke Montz scored in the second to get the A's on the board, and Oakland rallied for a three-run fourth inning with a leadoff homer from Minor Leaguer Jeremy Barfield and two manufactured runs.
Fowler hit his second homer and fourth of the spring almost to the same spot off Parker to lead off the fifth, and Tulowitzki followed with a solo shot to left to give Colorado a 5-4 lead.
Tulowitzki went 3-for-4, coming within a triple of hitting for the cycle. Chris Nelson also homered for the Rockies.
Chacin made it through a scoreless sixth before departing.
"Jhoulys wasn't as sharp as he has been sometimes this spring," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He had to work on pitching out of some trouble. He labored a little bit, but he got his work in."
Nate Freiman hit a shot to center that glanced off Fowler's glove as he tracked toward the fence, driving in a pair of runs to put the A's ahead in the bottom of the fifth.
Up next: The Rockies play their final Cactus League game Thursday against the Brewers at Salt River Fields in a 2:10 p.m. MT getaway contest. Kyle Lohse is slated to make his first start for the Brewers after signing his contract on Monday. Nick Schmidt gets the start for the Rox, followed by Matt Belisle, Josh Outman and Rafael Betancourt. The Rockies are 1-1 vs. the Brewers this spring. They open the season on Monday at Milwaukee.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.