Mariners Lose Lead, Rockies Force Tie
Brad Eldred hit a solo homer in

Colorado's three-run eighth inning to help the Rockies tie the

Seattle Mariners 11-11 on Friday night.

The teams combined for 36 hits in the exhibition game that lasted 3 hours, 47 minutes before it was called after nine innings.

The Mariners took an 11-3 lead after 4½ innings, with Chone Figgins' first home run of the spring sparking a four-run first. Figgins had three hits and four RBIs.

The Rockies hit four homers to get back in the game.

Carlos Gonzalez, Brad Hawpe and Ryan Spilborghs homered for Colorado, which still trailed 11-8 entering the eighth inning. Eric Young Jr. drove home a run with a triple, then scored after Dexter Fowler got caught in a run down on a steal attempt. Eldred then hit a two-out shot to right field to tie it.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy said left-hander Jeff Francis, who was scheduled to start Colorado's second game of the regular-season against Milwaukee, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list. Francis, who pitched five scoreless innings Thursday against Chicago after missing all of last season following shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, was sore and unable to play flat-ground catch Friday.

Left-hander Greg Smith, coming off an injury-marred season of his own, will take Francis' spot in the rotation.

"It's hurting pretty bad," Francis said. "But not like it did before. I don't know if that's good news or bad news. I threw the ball (Thursday) in a way I haven't thrown it in a long time. That was probably pretty taxing on my shoulder. Maybe I wasn't ready for it. Needless to say I'm pretty disappointed."

Francis, the Rockies' ace in 2007 when they made their run to the World Series, has battled shoulder problems since going 17-9 that season.

"I felt like I had really put it together and whatever I'd been searching for all spring I found it (Thursday)," he said. "I was excited to start the season. Like a lot of people say, this is another obstacle I have to jump over and hopefully come out clean on the other side."