Tulowitzki, Morneau go deep, Rockies overpower Royals 6-2

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Morneau hit home runs on consecutive pitches in the first inning, lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Tulowitzki’s liner off Royals rookie Aaron Brooks curled inside the left field foul pole. The two-run shot was the second of the spring for Tulowitzki, who also made a diving play at shortstop as he shows no ill-effects from season-ending hip surgery.

Morneau, the 2014 NL batting champ, sent Brooks’ next pitch halfway up the grassy seating area in left center.

Christian Colon had a two-run single off Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick.

Rockies No. 1 starter Jorge De La Rosa made a pain-free spring debut in a morning “B” game, giving up a double and striking out two in two scoreless innings. He had been out with a sore groin.