Rox flirt with no-hitter, prevail over Tribe

March 11th, 2016
Chad Bettis tossed three perfect innings -- and the Rockies' staff held the Indians hitless for 7 1/3 in a 6-1 Cactus win on Friday. (AP)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Five Rockies pitchers held the Indians without a baserunner for 7 1/3 innings Friday in a 6-1 Colorado victory at Salt River Fields.
Chad Bettis, Christian Bergman, Jason Motte, Miguel Castro and Scott Oberg combined to set down the first 22 Indians -- in a lineup that featured at least six Opening Day starters -- before Mike Napoli drew a walk on a full-count pitch. Adam Moore then broke up the no-hitter with a double to deep center field.
Bettis set the tone in his first start of Spring Training. In contention to start on Opening Day, the right-hander induced five groundouts and struck out three.
Bergman struck out three in his two innings and Motte and Castro were perfect in their one inning apiece. The Indians broke up the shutout on Zack Walters' infield single to score Napoli. But the Rockies already up six runs by that point.
"Guys threw the ball really well," manager Walt Weiss said. "We were good off the mound today. Really good. That's a good sign."
He added: [Bettis] was in complete control."
The Rockies got on the board in the third inning against Indians starter Cody Anderson. Daniel Descalso and Rafael Ynoa led off with back-to-back singles, followed by an RBI groundout from Charlie Blackmon. Colorado added a run in the fourth, when newly signed Ryan Raburn singled and Brandon Barnes doubled to deep center field.
"I'm feeling good," Anderson said. "The body feels good. The arm feels good. I was working on command of the fastball and everything else is coming along just fine."
Tom Murphy capped the Rockies scoring with a three-run home run off Indians closer Cody Allen in the seventh. Allen gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Descalso left the game in the sixth after he was hit by a pitch on the left hand on a checked swing. X-rays were negative, Weiss said, and Descalso is listed as day to day.
"I was a little worried," Weiss said.
Up next for Indians: On Saturday, the Indians will travel to Peoria to take on the Padres and on Sunday, the Indians are scheduled for split-squad games at the Royals at Surprise Stadium and at the Brewers at Goodyear Ballpark. Danny Salazar will start for the Indians on Saturday.
Up next for Rockies: Left-hander Tyler Anderson will make his third appearance and first start of the spring on Saturday against the Brewers in Maryvale, Ariz. Anderson has given up three runs on five hits and struck out six in four innings this spring. Jon Gray, Chad Qualls, Jake McGee and Justin Miller are schedule to pitch as well.