Hammel goes 5 innings as Rockies beat Mariners 9-2

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez, Ryan Spilborghs and Eric Young had two hits each, and Colorado starter Jason Hammel tossed five strong innings to lead the Rockies past the Seattle Mariners 9-2 on Thursday.

Gonzalez and Cole Garner each drove in two runs for the Rockies, who knocked out 13 hits against six pitchers.

The Mariners managed only four hits over the first eight innings. Mike Sweeney tripled off the right field wall in the fourth inning and scored on a wild pitch, and Mark Tuiasosopo added an RBI single in the ninth for Seattle.

Hammel, who has not walked a batter in 14 innings this spring, struck out six and allowed just three hits. Colorado's projected No. 5 starter dropped his ERA to 1.93.

Gonzalez drove in Jonathan Herrera with a single in the third and doubled home Herrera in the fourth. Young doubled and scored on a Spilborghs single in the first and singled and scored in the third. Garner tripled home two runs and scored himself during a four-run Rockies ninth.

NOTES: Gonzalez is now hitting .370 for the spring. ... The Mariners reduced their roster to 41 players (31 roster, 10 non-roster) by optioning outfield Michael Saunders to Triple-A Tacoma and reassigning pitchers Mike Koplove and Levale Speigner to their minor league camp. ... Jason Giambi, who made the trip up to the Valley as a designated hitter for Colorado, was 0 for 3 and was hit by a pitch. He is hitting .143 this spring.