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De La Rosa silences M’s to cap big spring

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Jorge De La Rosa capped off a record-setting spring with five scoreless innings Saturday at Isotopes Park, the last stop before the Colorado Rockies head to Milwaukee for Monday’s opening day.

“It was pretty good, wasn’t it?” Rockies manager Jim Tracy asked following a 10-4 win over the Seattle Mariners.

“There is no comparison between what we’ve seen this spring and what we saw over the course of the full season last year,” Tracy said of De La Rosa, who left Isotopes Park to catch a team charter before the clubhouse was opened to reporters. “No comparison. He’s that much better.”

De La Rosa allowed five hits, struck out five, walked two and hit a batter to improve to 3-1 in the spring and drop his ERA to 1.50 in 30 innings. That ERA breaks the franchise record for a spring set in 2003 by Shaun Chacon (1.64) for pitchers with a minimum of 20 innings worked.

Doug Fister (0-3) got the loss for Seattle, allowing three runs off six hits in four innings. Mariners infielder Tommy Everidge hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth, his second of the spring.

“He’s a command guy and one thing you’d like to see a little bit more of … is just the efficiency,” Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu said of Fister.

Seattle scattered 10 hits among 18 position players used in the game with minor leaguers Travis Denker (2 for 2, two runs scored) and Tommy Everidge doing most of the damage.

Outfielder Milton Bradley was pulled from the game in the fourth when he experienced tightness in his right quadriceps after sliding into second while being caught stealing.

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