ROCKIES 5, ROYALS 4
at Tucson, Ariz.
Sunday, March 11
Royals at the plate:
Billy Butler had the Royals' only extra-base hit, a two-run homer in the top of the ninth. Joey Gathright singled and stole home in the top of the sixth as part of a double-steal, with Mark Teahen taking second. Justin Huber walked, singled, and scored a run.
Rockies at the plate: Seth Smith's three-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth was the difference in the game. The Rockies' only hits through the first six innings were a pair of infield singles from Willie Taveras and pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim. Kim advanced to second on a passed ball, to third on a fly to right, and scored the Rockies' first run on a Jamey Carroll sacrifice fly to center. Omar Quintanilla tripled in the eighth and Ryan Spilborghs doubled him home to tie the game.
Royals on the mound:
Joakim Soria was virtually untouchable for the Royals, throwing four shutout innings and giving up only one hit, an infield dribbler that accounted for his only baserunner. Soria struck out three. Joel Peralta pitched a scoreless inning of relief, striking out two.
Rockies on the mound:
Josh Fogg had a solid start, pitching four efficient innings and giving up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out a pair. Kim proved his equal, throwing four innings of one-hit ball, walking two and striking out six while yielding an unearned run.
Cactus League records:
Royals 6-6; Rockies 8-4
The Royals come home Monday to face the Angels. The Rockies host Arizona, with Aaron Cook matching up against the Diamondbacks' Livan Hernandez.
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.