Final in 10

Rockies 7

(13-13, 9-4 away)

Diamondbacks 1

(13-15, 6-7 home)

    3:05 PM ET, March 30, 2004

    Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, Tucson, Arizona 

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    COL - -
    ARI - -

    Colorado 7, Arizona 1

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Scott Elarton and Shane Reynolds are close friends and hunting partners. Their performances this spring could hardly be more different.

    Elarton cemented his claim as the No. 4 starter in Colorado's rotation, and Arizona's Shane Reynolds had another shaky outing in the Rockies' 7-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    "I've never been a good spring training performer," Elarton said. "I don't know what this spring will translate into. I'm not going to read anything into it, but I'm definitely glad I had a good spring. I felt I made progress pretty much every outing."

    Elarton missed the entire 2002 season after shoulder surgery and spent much of last year in the minors.

    "It's great to see him doing so well," Reynolds said.

    Elarton gave up one run on four hits through six innings, striking out two and walking one. He also drove in three runs with singles in the fifth and sixth. Elarton threw just 71 pitches, 44 of them strikes.

    Rockies manager Clint Hurdle wasn't around to see any of it. He was ejected by plate umpire Casey Moser for arguing balls and strikes in the top of the first.

    Reynolds, who entered with a 16.36 ERA, had skipped two starts to work on his mechanics and study videotape. In his first outing in 10 days, he allowed six runs on eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, striking out five and walking three, one intentionally.

    Reynolds, who tried out a new pitch -- a cutter -- that was effective against left-handed hitters, thought this 97-pitch effort was at least an improvement.

    "The outcome? No," he said, "but as far as going out there and pitching into the sixth inning and getting my pitch count up and having some confidence, I guess, that was a lot better for me than the last few outings."

    Manager Bob Brenly said Reynolds remains "a candidate" for the No. 4 spot in the rotation, a position that seemed more secure for the right-hander when spring training began.

    "Ask me again Saturday," Brenly said. "We've been trying all along not to handicap this thing."

    Brenly said that Reynolds' stuff was good but that he was missing some spots. He also said that a veteran pitcher who relies on finesse often struggles in the spring.

    Reynolds said he remains confident.

    "I feel I'll be ready when the season starts," he said. "Spring training is so different than the season."

    Diamondbacks reliever Oscar Villarreal, pitching for the first time this spring after recovering from a sore elbow, gave up a hit in one scoreless inning.

    Brenly said that barring any setback he sees no reason Villarreal won't be on the 25-man roster when the season begins.

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