Rockies 4, Mariners 3
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Colorado pitchers Jim Hunter and David Tellers made manager Don Baylor a lot happier Friday than he was just 24 hours earlier.
``The pitchers pitched pretty well,″ Baylor said after Tellers retired Seattle’s final batter to end the game as it started and earn a 4-3 win over the Mariners at Hi Corbett Field. A day earlier, Colorado lost 17-11 to San Francisco after committing six errors.
It was the first win of the season for Tellers, who pitched the last two innings, giving up one hit and striking out two. Hunter, a right-hander, set up the win.
He gave up three runs on six hits in the first five innings. He struck out the first two Seattle batters and added four more.
``It felt good,″ Hunter said. ``My first few years I didn’t have any good springs.″
Baylor noted that errors have hurt the Rockies, with six against San Francisco and three against Seattle.
``We stopped (the errors) at nine,″ Baylor said.
Colorado third baseman Andy Hartung, who was 2-for-4, homered over the right field wall in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie.
The Rockies got back-to-back homers from Stu Cole and Jay Gainer in the bottom of the first.
After leadoff hitter Timmy Morrow’s strikeout and Hartung’s fly to left field, Cole stepped to the plate and hit one to the scoreboard in left-center field.
The ball hit the board and Mariner left fielder Terrel Hansen hesitated, not thinking the ball was playable. In the meantime, Cole rounded the bases.
``The ball has to clear the scoreboard (to make it a home run) and if it hit it you keep running,″ Baylor said. ``That was a time lapse, from the time it hit the scoreboard and the time he decided to throw it.″
Gainer, the first baseman, followed Cole, sending the ball over the right field wall.
``It was good to see Gainer hit something besides a fastball. He hit a split finger (instead),″ Baylor said.