SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. -- Lonnie Chisenhall got the Indians on the scoreboard early, when he launched a Jason Hammel fastall down the right-field line and onto the burm for a solo homer. But the Indians left the scoreboard unscathed for the next eight innings, as the Rockies came back to win, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon.
The Rockies answered Cleveland's opening parry in the bottom of the first inning, when Dexter Fowler drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pickoff throw, went to third on Jonathan Herrera's sacrifice bunt to the pitcher, and came home on catcher Carlos Santana's passed ball. The Rockies took the lead in the second frame, when third baseman Ty Wigginton drove a solo homer over the left-center-field fence.
Hammel settled down after the homer, earning five of his nine outs from groundballs and scattering four more hits over his three innings. Hammel has yet to walk a batter in two Cactus League starts.
"I did a good job with runners on base, but I was getting behind hitters," Hammel said. "The timing just wasn't quite there with the command. I could still make a pitch on my 2-0 pitch, and they were sitting dead red."
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Indians starter Justin Masterson pitched a solid three innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits, a walk, and a hit batter. It was an improvement over his first start, when he walked three and hit one while allowing two earned runs in two innings.
"Masterson started behind in the count in the first inning, but after that he got into a better rhythm and finished up strong," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Then, the guys kept coming in and throwing strikes, pounding the zone. [Drew] Pomeranz threw the ball very well, and we swung the bats well. [Travis] Buck and Chisenhall continue to hit the ball right on the nose."
Fowler added two doubles in his next two trips to the plate for the Rockies, and Wigginton doubled in the fourth to join the multi-hit club and set up the Rockies' third run. Chisenhall notched a second hit in the third inning, but was thrown out at second after sliding past the bag while trying to turn his base hit into a double. Fowler had been tagged out at third by Chisenhall the inning before, as he tried to leg his double into a triple.
Up next for the Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez returns to the mound for his second start on Monday against the Dodgers at 1:10 p.m. MT in Scottsdale, Ariz., and all eyes will be on his right thumb. The Rockies' ace pitched two scoreless innings in his Cactus League debut, but missed his second start with an infected left cuticle on his pitching thumb.
Up next for the Indians: Right-hander Mitch Talbot, who appears to be in line for the Indians' No. 3 starter job this season, is scheduled to make his second outing of the spring when the Tribe takes on the rival White Sox at 3:05 p.m. ET on Monday in Glendale, Ariz. In Talbot's Cactus League debut, he allowed two runs on four hits in two innings.
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.