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Holland, Rangers struggle under lights

Holland, Rangers struggle under lights

Holland, Rangers struggle under lights
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rockies pounded Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland for 13 hits, including a Chris Iannetta home run, in a 10-3 victory at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Friday night.

Both Holland and Rockies starter Esmil Rogers were pitching the day after it was announced they were members of their teams' respective starting rotations. Rogers fared much better.

Rogers held the Rangers to one unearned run and three hits, with four strikeouts and one walk, in six innings.

"Everything felt good, and I was attacking the zone," Holland said. "Things got a little erratic later in the game and had command issues with the fastball. But I was able to settle down. Besides the outcome, I thought it was a good outing."

Troy Tulowitzki singled in a run and Jose Lopez tripled -- on a fly ball that Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton lost in the lights -- for two more runs. Iannetta's homer led off a four-run fourth inning that also included Carlos Gonzalez's two-run single and Todd Helton's RBI single. Seth Smith doubled to open the fifth, and scored on a sacrifice fly.

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Jose Morales, competing for the backup-catcher spot, knocked an RBI triple in the sixth.

Up next for Rockies: Right-hander Jason Hammel, the club's No. 4 starter, threw a Minor League game in his last turn because the Rockies wanted him on and off the mound before bad weather hit on Monday. On Saturday, he'll be spotlighted in a night game against the Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in a 8:05 MT contest available on Gameday Audio.

Up next for Rangers: Left-hander C.J. Wilson makes his last start of the Cactus League when the Rangers host the Cubs at 3:05 p.m. CT on Saturday in Surprise. This is also Texas' last home game of the spring. Wilson's start was rained out on Monday against the Brewers and he had to throw 99 pitches in the cage against Minor League hitters. Wilson will come against the Red Sox on Opening Day April 1 at the Ballpark in Arlington. David Murphy was out of the lineup on Friday but should be back on Saturday with an 11-game hitting streak on the line.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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