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Rockies 4, Diamondbacks 3

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Spring training bid adieu to Tucson after 64 years when the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks played the last game in the city and stadium that brought big-league ball to the desert.

The two teams will train at a new, two-team facility in Scottsdale next spring.

Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez worked five innings in the Rockies' 4-3 win over Arizona at Hi Corbett field to prep for the first opening day start of his career.

Kris Benson made his first big league start of the spring, trying to find a way into the Diamondbacks' rotation after making only two starts in the last three major league seasons.

The two teams closed out a run of spring baseball in Tucson that began when the Cleveland Indians moved there in 1947. The Rockies had trained at Hi Corbett Field since they began play in 1993.

Arizona has held every spring training since it came into the league in 1998 at Tucson Electric Park, which the Diamondbacks closed down on Tuesday.

John Hester, who made the final out in Arizona's finale, also was the final out at Hi Corbett Field on Wednesday, grounding into a fielder's choice.

Jimenez allowed one unearned run in five innings, throwing 76 pitches, 47 strikes.

Benson is looking to make a comeback after being limited to eight big-league games, and two starts, because of shoulder problems the last three years.

The 35-year-old Benson, a first-round draft choice of Pittsburgh in 1996, signed a minor-league contract with Arizona on March 17, and after pitching in a minor league game for the Diamondbacks last week, appeared in his first big-league game of the spring against the Rockies.

"I didn't enjoy the outcome as much as I enjoyed being out there," said Benson, who is 69-74 with a 4.41 ERA during a big-league career that included time with the Pirates, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers. "I felt all right. It was not great stuff, but it was better than the last outing. I am still building my pitch count."

In his minor league start on Friday, against the Rockies Triple-A Colorado Springs team, Benson allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in five innings. Wednesday, he was charged with three runs on five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.

Benson gave up a two-run single to Jason Giambi in the first inning, but settled down until walking three consecutive batters with two outs in the fifth. He departed in favor of Clay Zavada, who walked in a batter before getting out of the inning. He threw 84 pitches, 50 strikes, and was charged with three runs on five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.

"Eventually the stamina will catch up," said Benson.

Arizona has set the first four spots in its rotation -- Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson, Ian Kennedy and Rodrigo Lopez. Benson is competing for the fifth spot along with Billy Buckner and Kevin Mulvey, both of whom were optioned to Triple A Reno on Tuesday.

"I am a couple starts away from where I want to be," Benson said. "I am not major league ready, but I am not too far off. I need to fine tune a few things."

The Diamondbacks don't need a fifth starter until April 17.

Benson said he expects to initially pitch with Reno, but made it clear he isn't looking at that as a long-term plan.

"My goal is to be with a big league team as fast as I can," he said. "That is up to (the Diamondbacks) if it happens at all, but I don't want to spend a lot of time in the minor leagues. I feel I am a major league pitcher."

Game notes
The attendance if 6,817 was only the fourth largest of the spring for the Rockies at Hi Corbett Field. The top attendance of the spring was 7,273 for the Cubs on March 15. The Rockies drew 6,894 for the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, and 6,829 for the Los Angeles Angels on March 20. ... With the loss Wednesday, Arizona is 12-16-1 this spring with four scheduled games remaining, assuring them of a non-winning spring for the third year in a row and only the fourth year in their 13 springs of existence. ... The Rockies are 16-12-1 with three games remaining this spring, assuring them their sixth consecutive winning spring training record. ... The Rockies' 18-year tenure in Tucson was the fourth longest of the 15 teams training in Arizona, trailing only the Chicago Cubs, who have been in Mesa since 1979; San Francisco, which has been in Scottsdale since 1981, and Oakland, which has been in Phoenix since 1982.