SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Mark Reynolds hit a three-run home run, Nolan Arenado’s two hits raised his spring average to .583 and the Colorado Rockies beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Tuesday.
Reynolds homered to left off wild Oakland starter Rich Hill in the third inning. Arenado doubled and scored in a two-run second, adding an RBI single off Fernando Rodriguez in the fifth.
The 24-year-old Arenado, a first-time All-Star last year, is 14-for-24 and has a 1.494 OPS.
“He’s something else,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “He’s been locked in since the first day of spring training.”
Hill got through four innings despite walking six and allowing five runs. The left-hander has walked 12 over 7 2/3 innings and three starts.
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa worked out of trouble in three scoreless innings before allowing prospect Matt Chapman’s two-run homer on his final pitch of the fourth. De La Rosa gave up five hits and walked two while getting 11 outs.
Hill, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, threw only 29 of 67 pitches for strikes and saw his ERA rise to 15.26. “The feel of getting the breaking ball out of my hand has been an issue,” Hill said.
De La Rosa wasn’t as sharp as when he went three perfect innings in his last start. He threw 47 of 63 pitches for strikes and struck out two. “My control wasn’t there, but I was able to get the outs when I needed them,” De La Rosa said.
Henderson Alvarez threw another bullpen session in his recovery from shoulder surgery.
Oakland’s Sam Fuld made a spectacular diving grab of D.J. LeMahieu’s liner to right in the second and threw to second in time to get Ryan Raburn out.
A false fire alarm at the end of the eighth triggered an automatic recording to play over the public address system that told fans to leave the stadium. The Rockies delayed taking the field for the ninth, but eventually did and many fans returned to their seats.