A’s take advantage of wild Rockies pitching 

click to enlarge A.J. Griffin has allowed one run over five innings this spring for the A's. - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • A.J. Griffin has allowed one run over five innings this spring for the A's.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A pair of Colorado Rockies pitchers were so wild Sunday, the A’s barely had to swing to score.

Oakland had 12 hits but pushed across its first four runs without putting the ball in play.

Colorado’s Jorge De La Rosa and Tyler Chatwood combined to issue five walks and hit three batters with pitches in the first three innings. All three A’s were plunked with the bases loaded — Michael Choice in the first, and Daric Barton and Scott Sizemore in the third. Adam Rosales also drew a bases-loaded walk in the third.

De La Rosa, coming off Tommy John surgery last year but slated to be Colorado’s No. 2 starter, struggled for the second straight start. He threw 38 pitches in the first inning and allowed two hits and three walks before hitting Choice with a pitch.

“We’ll have some patience with Jorge because he hasn’t been out there much the last year and a half,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “But we’re counting on him and he knows that.”

Oakland starter A.J. Griffin pitched three innings and allowed three hits, including Nolan Arenado’s third homer of the spring and second in two days.

Griffin, who made 15 starts and won seven of eight decisions with a 3.06 ERA after he was called up by the A’s last season, has allowed one run over five innings in his first two spring starts.

“I could have been better at keeping the ball down, but overall I was aggressive and I didn’t have a three-ball count all day,” Griffin said. “I felt like I was sharper in the last inning and threw more changeups and curveballs. Now it’s about building innings.”

David Fretias homered and Chris Young had an RBI single for the A’s. Sizemore had two hits.

Arenado added a run-scoring groundout in the seventh and leads the Rockies with seven RBIs this spring.

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