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Colorado Rockies win 6-2 over defending AL Champions Kansas City Royals

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The Colorado Rockies took on the Kansas City Royals today in Scottsdale, Arizona. Some early offense and steady relief pitching propelled the Rockies to their seventh win of Cactus League play.

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The Colorado Rockies took an early lead that they'd never relinquished in today's 6-2 win over the defending AL Champions. The Rockies kept the Royals quiet after a two-run second, and the Colorado Rockies relief corps tossed six scoreless innings en route to the win. The team picked up eleven hits, including a home run apiece from Tulo and Morneau. Corey Dickerson had a peach of a game, going 3-3 at the plate with two singles and a double. Solid pitching, especially from Chacin, rounded out the day.

The Rockies struck early, putting up four runs in the first two innings of play. Corey Dickerson led off with a single and scored the first on on Troy Tulowitzki's homer from the the two-hole. Lightening struck twice when Justin Morneau hit a bomb to left-center in the very next at-bat, putting the Rockies up by three early. They'd tack on a fourth run in the second inning, courtesy of a Corey Dickerson single that plated Rafael Ynoa.

Kyle Kendrick ran into some trouble in the second inning, giving up two runs on three hits. He tossed a scoreless third to end his outing, having given up two runs, five hits, and whiffing just one before being replaced by Jhoulys Chacin.

The Royals could only keep the Rockies bats quiet, as a Nolan Arenado single drove in Corey Dickerson, who had doubled to start the fifth inning before moving to third on a Cristhian Adames groundout.

Chacin pitched around four hits to toss three scoreless innings, striking out one, in what is an encouraging result for him as he works himself back into form. Three of his outs were of the ground ball variety, including a double play grounder, as well.

Aaron Laffey came on in seventh to replace Chacin, putting down the Royals in order while striking out one.

Franklin Morales (!) came on for the Royals in the sixth, walking one and striking out one in his first inning of work. He'd pick up another K in his second and last inning of play.

The Rockies tacked on their last run in the eighth, solidifying the win. Trevor Story singled off of Ryan Madson with one out in the lead up to the run. Story would take second courtesy of a Hunter Dozier error, which also allowed Mike Tauchman to reach first. Dustin Garneau popped out in foul territory, but Joey Wong single plated Story to put the Rockies up 6-2 for good. Ken Roberts came on in the ninth to close the game for the Rockies, retiring the Royals in order.

The Rockies are off tomorrow and will take on the Angels this Tuesday.