Rangers 4

(12-14, 6-8 away)

Rockies 9

(12-12, 4-8 home)

    3:05 PM ET, March 28, 2004

    Hi Corbett Field, Tucson, Arizona 

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    Colorado 9, Texas 4

    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.

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