Diamondbacks 3

(15-13, 9-6 away)

Rockies 7

(16-11, 9-5 home)

    3:05 PM ET, March 28, 2005

    Hi Corbett Field, Tucson, Arizona 

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    Colorado 7, Arizona 3

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- One bad outing wasn't enough to derail Jamey Wright's bid to make Colorado's rotation.

    A strong one against Arizona all but locked it up.

    Garrett Atkins and Matt Holliday each had two-run singles to back up Wright's six strong innings, lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 7-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Wright was shaky March 12 against Milwaukee, lasting just two innings after giving up seven runs and three walks. The right-hander was solid in his next start, allowing three earned runs in five innings against Arizona, and was particularly sharp against the Diamondbacks the second time around.

    Wright allowed just three hits and was never really in trouble after Luis Terrero followed Tony Clark's double with a run-scoring single in the second inning.

    Wright was projected as Colorado's fourth or fifth starter and manager Clint Hurdle indicated that's where he'll end up after his latest outing.

    "For all intents and purposes, unless something off the board happens, that's where we're headed," Hurdle said. "Jamey threw effectively today, mixed his pitches, kept the ball down, worked his pitches in, had a good breaking ball. We'd like to go that way."

    Wright will fall in the rotation behind Jason Jennings, Joe Kennedy and Jeff Francis, but whether he's the No. 4 or No. 5 starter will depend on the health of Shawn Chacon. The right-hander was hit on his throwing wrist by Francis while attempting a bunt on a back field and though X-rays were negative, he still had a large lump late in the afternoon.

    "It's not up to me," said Wright, who's scheduled to pitch in Colorado's final preseason game Saturday in Colorado Springs. "I know that wherever I end up, I'm going to do a good job this year because I'm confident in my ability to go out and do the job. Whatever happens, I'll be ready to go."

    Matt Chico, one of Arizona's top prospects, had some good moments for Arizona, but had trouble with jitters in his first spring game.

    A third-round draft pick in 2003, Chico was solid in the first two innings against a Rockies' lineup that featured most of its regulars. But the left-hander ran into trouble in the third, when Atkins hit a two-run single after Clint Barmes and Wright led off with singles.

    The Rockies knocked Chico for two more in the fourth on Dustan Mohr's run-scoring single and a perfect squeeze bunt down the first-base line by Barmes. Chico allowed four runs and eight hits in four innings

    "He threw reasonably well, but was a little nervous," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "It's nice to get a look at some of your minor leaguers."

    Colorado added three more runs in the fifth inning against Oscar Villarreal -- two on Holliday's single to left -- to go up 7-1.

    Terrero made it 7-3 in the seventh with his third spring homer, a two-run shot to left-center off David Cortes.

    Game notes

    Rockies had 12 hits and every starter had at least one. ... Rockies LHP Darren Oliver, once in the running for the final rotation spot, will pitch in relief Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. ... The Diamondbacks will likely place RHP Jose Valverde on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with an irritated biceps tendon. He could only miss the first week of the season, though, since Arizona can backdate the move.

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