- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - An efficient Brett Anderson turned a scheduled three-inning start into a five-inning, one-run outing for Colorado on Wednesday as a Rockies split-squad beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2.

Pitching on short rest because Colorado plays five games in three days, Anderson gave up five hits and struck out two. He didn’t hit 50 pitches until the fifth.

“I didn’t feel like I had the fastball velocity I had the first two outings, but my command was pretty good, still,” Anderson said. “Breaking ball, both of them were pretty good. Coming off three days’ rest, that’s pretty much all I could ask for.”

Charlie Culberson had an RBI double off Reds starter Mike Leake in the third. It was the lone run allowed by Leake, who yielded three hits and a walk in three innings as he regains strength following an abdominal injury.

“Not my best,” Leake said. “Could have been down in the zone a little better.”

Charlie Blackmon and Matt McBride added RBI singles for the Rockies.

Rockies lefty Tyler Matzek walked four straight to start the ninth. Mike McClendon came on and induced a force play at home and a double play to send the Reds to their 10th loss in 11 games.


Reds: It was the first time manager Bryan Price got to see Leake, who pitched in a split-squad game Price didn’t attend in his first start.

“He looked good. He moved around well, had a nice bunt. It kind of shows that he’s healthy,” Price said.

Rockies: Manager Walt Weiss has changed his mind and might not split up lefties Jorge De La Rosa and Anderson in the rotation.

“There’s a possibility they could go back-to-back,” Weiss said. “It makes it tough on opposing left-hand hitters.”


With Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) sidelined, the worst-kept secret of Rockies camp was De La Rosa starting the March 31 opener at Miami.

The Rockies formally announced the move just as the game began. It will be the first opening-day assignment for the 32-year-old De La Rosa.

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