Woe is Mark Lowe; reliever rocked

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mark Lowe pretty much proved the manager's point.

Ron Washington said Tuesday that GM Jon Daniels would have to find a closer if Neftali Feliz becomes a starter. Lowe responded by getting rocked by the Rockies, giving up four runs in the sixth inning.

That's far from bona fide.

It's the second awful outing of the spring for Lowe, who along with Alexi Ogando is considered a leading in-house closer candidate if Felix joins the rotation. Lowe's numbers this spring aren't quite as ugly as they were in the World Series, when he allowed four runs on five hits in 2/3 of an inning. But they're still ugly: seven earned runs on 11 hits and three walks in six innings.

It could have been worse. One of the Rockies' outs came on a baserunning gaffe with the bases loaded.