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Rockies pitchers fall just short of perfect game in 6-1 win over Indians

Seven Colorado pitchers teamed up to allow just three hits and a walk against an Indians lineup that was mostly full of big leaguers, at least in the early going.

Chad Bettis made Cleveland hitters DEAL WITH IT on Friday.
Chad Bettis made Cleveland hitters DEAL WITH IT on Friday.
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Five Colorado Rockies pitchers combined for 7⅓ perfect innings in a 6-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Cactus League action at Salt River Fields on Friday.

The Indians did not have a runner reach base until the eighth inning, when Mike Napoli drew a 12-pitch walk off of Rockies reliever Scott Oberg. Adam Moore followed with a double, breaking up the no-hitter, and the Indians plated a run later in the inning to prevent Colorado from pitching a shutout.

By that point, though, the game was already well in hand. The Rockies scored twice in the first four innings before unleashing a four-run seventh capped by Tom Murphy's two-run homer, his first hit of the spring.

Chad Bettis started for Colorado and was brilliant in three innings, throwing 21 of 31 pitches for strikes and punching out three batters. Christian Bergman followed with two spotless innings, striking out three batters in the process. Jason Motte and Miguel Castro, who made his first spring appearance, both tossed a scoreless inning with a strikeout.

The Indians had just three hits against Rockies pitchers and reached base only four times.

Brandon Barnes led the Rockies with two hits and knocked in a run. Charlie Blackmon, Ryan Casteel and Michael Tauchman added a hit and an RBI apiece for Colorado.

The Rockies (6-4) will take on the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park on Saturday. Tyler Anderson will take the hill for Colorado in what will be the team's first televised game of the spring. The Brewers feed will be available on; ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain won't carry a game until Monday, March 14 against the Seattle Mariners.