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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jamie Moyer threw 92 pitches over four innings, the latest step in his comeback bid, and Dexter Fowler hit a two-run homer to help the Colorado Rockies beat a Chicago White Sox split squad 8-5 on Wednesday.
The 49-year-old Moyer, who sat out last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, gave up three runs and seven hits. He walked three and struck out four, facing 22 batters in all.
The soft-tossing lefty, who is 267-204 in 24 major league seasons, has a 2.77 ERA this spring and appears to be a strong candidate for the fifth spot in Colorado’s rotation. The Rockies are his eighth big league club and he is slated to start again next week in one of their final spring training games.
Fowler’s homer in the third inning was all the Rockies managed against Gavin Floyd until they scored six times in the sixth. Floyd, penciled in as Chicago’s No. 3 starter, gave up eight runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings with four strikeouts and two walks.
Colorado sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth. Carlos Gonzalez and Todd Helton each hit an RBI double before Michael Cuddyer delivered a two-run single. Jordan Pacheco’s run-scoring double chased Floyd, who has a 6.32 ERA this spring.
Wilin Rosario, who was 3 for 3, had a leadoff double and an RBI single in the inning.
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