Martin Perez worked two perfect innings in his first Cactus League start, but Justin Grimm surrendered three runs in the third and Neil Ramirez caughed up five in the eighth as Colorado dropped the Rangers at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale.
Perez needed only 27 pitches to complete his work. He struck out Troy Tulowitzki looking with a fastball to end the first, and got Josh Rutledge to swing at a slider out of the zone to end the second.
The left-hander, competing with four others for the final spot in the rotation, said that he made a quick adjustment to the first batter after falling behind 3-1 that changed the course of his outing.
"To pitch in the big leagues, you have to be able to make adjustments," Perez said.
Rockies 9, Rangers 1 (F)
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