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Hale sent to Triple-A, clearing spot for Bettis

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ATLANTA -- The Rockies announced Monday that they optioned right-hander David Hale to Triple-A Albuquerque, one day after he uncorked a club-record four wild pitches in a 5-1 loss to the New York Mets in Denver.

Hale, who was 3-5 with a 6.15 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) with Colorado, struck out nine and retired the last 10 hitters he faced Sunday. But his outing was ruined by back-to-back wild pitches in the second, both of which scored runs.

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ATLANTA -- The Rockies announced Monday that they optioned right-hander David Hale to Triple-A Albuquerque, one day after he uncorked a club-record four wild pitches in a 5-1 loss to the New York Mets in Denver.

Hale, who was 3-5 with a 6.15 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) with Colorado, struck out nine and retired the last 10 hitters he faced Sunday. But his outing was ruined by back-to-back wild pitches in the second, both of which scored runs.

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He ended up throwing 97 pitches in his six innings and gave up six hits, walking two, in taking the loss.

The Rockies filled Hale's spot on the 25-man roster by activating righty Chad Bettis, who has been on the disabled list since July 19 with elbow inflammation. Bettis, who is 5-4 with a 3.88 ERA in 13 starts this season, is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Braves in Atlanta (5:10 p.m. MT).

John Donovan is a contributor to MLB.com.

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