SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jorge Bonifacio broke a tie with an eighth-inning leadoff homer and Hunter Dozier added a solo shot in the ninth to lift the Royals to a 4-2 victory over the Rockies in a Cactus League game Monday afternoon at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.Bonifacio, No. 12
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jorge Bonifacio broke a tie with an eighth-inning leadoff homer and Hunter Dozier added a solo shot in the ninth to lift the Royals to a 4-2 victory over the Rockies in a Cactus League game Monday afternoon at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Bonifacio, No. 12 on MLBPipeline's top Royals prospects list, homered off Rockies righty reliever Luis Ramirez, while Dozier's homer, his second this spring, came off Scott Oberg.
The game featured three hits -- including two doubles -- from Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon and stingy starting pitching from the Rockies' Antonio Senzatela and the Royals' Christopher Young.
"Lot of things to like," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I liked the way C.Y. threw. I liked Boni hitting that game-winner. And I liked the fact that for the first time in a week, we played a clean game defensively."
Senzatela put himself squarely in the running for one of the two open rotation spots with 4 1/3 scoreless innings, during which he fanned four and gave up three hits. Senzatela has fanned eight in 7 1/3 innings over his past two outings.
"My fastball command was very good," Senzatela said. "When I have my fastball command, I have confidence."
Young, competing for the Royals' fifth rotation spot with right-hander Nathan Karns and lefty Travis Wood, escaped trouble and held the Rockies scoreless on four scattered hits, with one strikeout and one walk in 3 2/3 innings.
The Rockies' DJ LeMahieu knocked his second homer this spring -- the first was in a World Baseball Classic exhibition with Puerto Rico and therefore doesn't count in the Cactus League totals -- in the fifth off Wood.
Ramon Torres tied it in the seventh with a two-run single off Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino. Rockies bullpen prospect Rayan Gonzalez replaced Ottavino with two out and the bases loaded and got Peter O'Brien to fly out to right field.
Royals Up Next: Right-hander Ian Kennedy, likely the Royals' No. 2 starter, will take the mound as the Royals return to Surprise Stadium on Tuesday for a 3:05 p.m. CT game against the Angels on MLB.TV. Right-hander Peter Moylan will make his first appearance in the bullpen since returning from the World Baseball Classic after pitching for Australia.
Rockies Up Next: Righty Jon Gray, a prime candidate for the Opening Day start (manager Bud Black has not announced), will start against the Athletics at HoHoKam Park at 2:05 p.m. MT. Rotation hopeful Jeff Hoffman and bullpen competitor Carlos Estevez also are expected to pitch.
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