The Colorado Rockies have dropped their third straight game of spring training, losing to the Pirates, 6-2. Jhoulys Chacin started for the Rockies and allowed three runs on five hits and a walk in three innings. Relievers Matt Lindstrom and Clayton Mortensen each allowed a run on a home run, while Eric Stults allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
It was sloppy game defensively by the Rockies with five errors. Thomas Field played both third base and shortstop in the game and had two throwing errors when he moved to the middle of the field. Chacin made an errant throw on a pickoff attempt, while Chris Nelson had a throwing error. Both of those happened in the top of the first, and Nelson's poor throw allowed Orlando Cabrera, who had just tripled, to score. Hector Gomez failed to field the ball properly for his fifth of the spring so far.
Jonathan Herrera hit another triple and then scored on a Jason Giambi RBI single in the third inning. The Rockies didn't score again until the top of the eight when Tim Wheeler had an RBI ground out to score Hernan Iribarren, who reached earlier on a double and moved to third on a Giambi single.
The Rockies head to Surprise, Ariz. on Saturday to face the Kansas City Royals. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. MT, and Esmil Rogers starts in place of Aaron Cook.