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KC drops spring finale - Rockies 7, Royals 3

March 30, 2003

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— Shawn Chacon capped a stellar spring by pitching five strong innings, and Mark Sweeney and Gabe Kapler drove in two runs apiece to lead Colorado past Kansas City, 7-3, Saturday.

The Royals (20-9) wrapped up their second-best spring in team history, behind the 1999 squad that went 22-9.

Chacon, who regained his spot in the rotation by going 4-0 this spring, threw four shutout innings before giving up two earned runs in the fifth.

The Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Greg Norton and Charles Johnson scored on Sweeney's triple.

Colorado added to its lead in the second on Kapler's RBI double. Kapler scored on Miguel Asencio's wild pitch.

In the fourth, Brent Butler's two-out single knocked in Clint Barmes.

Asencio gave up two earned runs in four innings. He had a 1.23 ERA in five previous outings.

Asencio's spring performance earned him the No. 3 spot in the starting rotation.

Kansas City finally got to Chacon with five straight hits and three runs, two earned, in the fifth. But he got out of the inning with two pickoff moves to first base.

Angel Berroa led Kansas City by going 2-for-2 with an RBI.

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