March 12, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) Aramis Ramirez got his first extra-base hit of the spring, a two-run double in the first inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers past the Colorado Rockies 5-3 Thursday.

The 36-year-old Ramirez, who has said he intends to retire after this season, lined a drive off the fence in left-center field against Gus Schlosser.

Ramirez had been 1 for 7 without any RBIs this spring.

Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta allowed one hit in three shutout innings.

''He had big movement in the fastballs and he got nine chopped groundball outs,'' Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. ''He didn't feel real good today, so I didn't know how he was going to do and he really looked good.''

Brewers first baseman Adam Lind, bothered by lower back issues, made his spring debut. He was 0 for 2 with a walk.

''He squared up two balls,'' Roenicke said. ''I thought he had three really good at-bats. If we can get him back healthy and get him out there all the time, it would be good.''

Drew Stubbs and Trevor Story homered for the Rockies.

STARTING TIME

Rockies: Schlosser, a non-roster invitee, made his major league debut last March 31 for Atlanta, facing the Brewers at Miller Park.

''Scooter (Gennett) was on first base when I came in that day and he was the first guy up today, so I had a few thoughts come back since I remember just about every moment of that day,'' Schlosser said. ''The first inning was a little rough today but I felt like I had a good bounce-back inning so I can't be too upset.''

Brewers: Peralta had a lot of success with his sinker. Of the 11 batters he faced, 10 hit grounders. The other, Nolan Arenado, walked.

''This is a team I'm going to face in the season so I don't want to show them too much,'' Peralta said. ''The groundballs mean I was throwing lower in the zone and my two-seam (fastball) was working and I had a good feel for the changeup today.''

EYE WOES

In addition to the normal aches and pains of spring training, the Brewers are dealing with a rash of pink eye that has broken out in the clubhouse. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitching coach Rick Kranitz were the latest victims Thursday. They will be staying home for 48 hours in hopes of stopping the spread.

''We've been going through it for a while and it seems like a couple of more show up every day,'' Roenicke said.

Hoping to avoid spreading the annoying and highly contagious malady, the Brewers are staying away from the usual high-fives in the dugout.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Lucroy had two hits in a minor league game and showed no problems with the hamstring injury that has kept him out since late February and all of Cactus League play. He stayed in to run the bases after his second hit, another good sign. He also struck out twice and lined out.

''I felt good,'' Lucroy said afterward. ''I think it's more mental than anything because strength-wise and mobility-wise. There's still a little tightness.''

Lucroy's pink eye will keep him from playing in another minor league game until Sunday. If all goes well, he'll try to play with the Brewers early next week.

ON THE WAY

Milwaukee reliever Francisco Rodriguez is expected to arrive in Phoenix from Venezuela on Friday. He will take his physical before his two-year, $13 million contract becomes official, and he will work toward his Cactus League debut next week. He'd been running late because of a work visa issue.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Colorado will face the Chicago White Sox with LHP Tyler Matzek making his second start of the spring.

Brewers: Milwaukee will travel to Peoria to meet the Mariners. Mike Fiers will make his second start of the spring.

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