Ben Paulsen drove in the game winning run with a two-out double off Oakland Athletics reliever Josh Lindblom in the bottom of the ninth and the Colorado Rockies beat the A’s 5-4 in Cactus League action Saturday at Salt River Fields.
The A’s (6-4) rallied back from a 4-2 deficit with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, banging out 12 hits.
It was another rough outing for starter A.J. Griffin, who gave up three runs in the bottom of the first before settling down. He gave up six hits and struck out two in three innings and his ERA in the spring remained at 9.00.
Drew Pomeranz was touched for a run in the fourth on two hits and a walk. Evan Scribner allowed a hit in two-thirds of an inning, while Sean Doolittle and Philip Humber each posted a scoreless inning. Lindblom (0-1) gave up a run on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 1.2 innings.
The A’s got a run back in the fourth. Callaspo led off the inning with a single and Freiman walked. Chris Gimenez’s fielder’s choice put runners at the corners and one out later, John Jaso belted a ground-rule double to score Callaspo, but Gimenez had to be held at third. Addison Russell struck out to end the threat.
The Rockies got the run back in the bottom of the fourth on an RBi groundout by Charlie Blackmon.
Oakland closed to 4-3 in the fifth. Sam Fuld led off with a single, went to second on a wild pitch by Christian Friedrich and scored on a one-out double by Nick Punto. The A’s tied it in the sixth on a one-out double by Michael Taylor and a two-out single by Russell.
Callaspo and Freiman were each 2-for-3 for the A’s and Taylor was 2-for-4.
The A’s host the Chicago White Sox at Phoenix Municipal Stadium Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Pacific.