Rangers Rout Rockies in Spring Ball

3-5-07 - Todd Helton returned to the lineup and immediately flashed his sweet swing.

After missing two games with inflammation in his right knee, the Colorado Rockies' slugger had two hits and an RBI on Monday in an 8-2 loss to the Texas Rangers.

Helton has said he will be more cautious with nagging injuries this spring and might not play as many games. The first baseman is 4-for-7 in three games.

Texas starter Robinson Tejeda had few problems with the rest of the Rockies' lineup, pitching two shutout innings. He allowed two hits and struck out one.

Josh Rupe followed with two scoreless innings. A.J. Murray, recovering from shoulder surgery a year ago, retired the side in the eighth.

The Rangers went 15 innings without giving up a run before Colorado scored two unearned runs in the fifth against Frank Francisco.

Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez yielded three runs and four hits in three innings, striking out three. Oscar Rivera allowed two runs in two innings, but struck out five.

Texas was led by former Colorado catcher Miguel Ojeda, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Rivera for a 5-0 lead.

Ian Kinsler and Jerry Hairston Jr. each had two hits and an RBI for the Rangers. Hairston also stole two bases and scored twice.