- Associated Press - Monday, March 17, 2014

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Troy Tulowitzki went 0-for-3 in his return from injury and Brett Anderson overcame a blister to throw six effective innings for the Colorado Rockies in a 9-7 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday.

Tulowitzki committed a throwing error, but the shortstop said he felt good in his first game since being hit on the left calf by a pitch on Wednesday.

Anderson gave up a two-run homer to Xavier Nady on a changeup, and a two-run triple to Everth Cabrera, but was otherwise happy. Anderson allowed three earned runs and eight hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

“Minus the horrendous pitch to Nady, it was pretty good,” he said.

Anderson, acquired in an offseason trade with Oakland, then pointed to a small, dried-out blister on his throwing hand. He said it came from a busy day at the plate that included an infield hit.

He said it was his first professional hit at any level, including spring training.

“It came into play a little bit the last couple innings, it got a little tender,” Anderson said. “But it’s not an issue. I just can say I got a blister from hitting.”

Jason Pridie went 4 for 4, and Josh Rutledge was 3 for 4 with a homer for Colorado, which chased Padres starter Tyson Ross with one out in the fifth.

Ross gave up six runs and 12 hits.


Rockies: Anderson, in line to start Colorado’s second game of the regular season, has impressed manager Walt Weiss.

“He’s everything we could have hoped for,” Weiss said.

Padres: Ross, who was 3-8 with 3.17 ERA in 35 appearances for San Diego last season, had his first bad outing of the spring.

“At 80-plus pitches, that’s getting close to where we need him to be,” manager Bud Black said. “He’ll have two more starts to iron some things out.”


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