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Colorado 9, Texas 4

3/28/2004

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Preston Wilson homered in his first game of
the spring, Jason Jennings pitched six solid innings and the
Colorado Rockies beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 on Sunday.

Wilson, who had been sidelined by a sore left knee, went 1-for-3
and hit a solo homer off Mickey Callaway in his third at-bat.

"The biggest thing was I wanted to feel like I was seeing the
ball, swinging at pitches I wanted to swing at and not at bad
pitches," said Wilson, who led the NL in RBI last season with
141. "For the most part, I felt like I had good pitches to hit."

Jennings, designated as Colorado's No. 2 starter, went six
innings, allowing three hits and three runs with one walk and two
strikeouts. He retired the first 13 batters he faced, giving up a
two-run homer to Jason Bourgeois in the fifth.

It was Jennings' second straight solid outing of the spring.

"I hit my spots real well today," Jennings said. "The one bad
pitch to Bourgeois, it was just a fastball that ran back over the
plate. But other than that I was real happy with everything."

Callaway, who figures to either earn a spot in the Rangers'
bullpen or start the season in Triple-A, went 4 1-3 innings. He
gave up nine hits and four runs.

"I didn't have much out there today," Callaway said. "I just
tried to battle and keep us in the game the best I could. They were
seeing my pitches good, I guess. I had a lot of baserunners out
there. Most of their hits were on my offspeed stuff."

Colorado's Vinny Castilla went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles.

Wilson's homer and Charles Johnson's RBI double put the Rockies
up 4-2 in the fifth.

The Rangers tied it in the seventh on Manny Alexander's
run-scoring single and Ken Huckaby's sacrifice fly.

Colorado erupted for five runs in the eighth, including Aaron
Miles' RBI single and Denny Hocking's two-run double.

Rockies reliever Tim Harikkala (3-0) got the win, and Doug
Brocail (0-1) took the loss.