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Troy Tulowitzki hits 2-run single, Rockies win 9-1 over Texas and 2 of its starting candidates


FILE - In this 2013 file photo, Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies baseball team poses during the teams photo day in Scottsdale, Ariz. Tulowitzki still has to clear the mental hurdle that everything will be OK after a season shorted to 47 games because of a groin surgery. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File) (The Associated Press)

Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run single off Texas starting candidate Justin Grimm and the Colorado Rockies went on to a 9-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday.

Martin Perez, like Grimm among several candidates for the No. 5 spot in the Rangers' rotation, started for Texas and retired all six batters he faced. The left-hander struck out two.

Grimm allowed hits to four of the first six batters he faced after taking over in the third. That included an RBI single by DJ LeMahieu before Tulowitzki's single made it 3-0.

Tulowitzki is 2 for 4 with three RBIs in two spring games. He was limited to 47 games last season and didn't play after May because of left groin surgery.

Charlie Culberson and Nolan Arenado homered in the Colorado eighth.