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Anderson leads Rockies over Pirates 8-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 25, 2014 at 11:49 pm •  Published: July 25, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — Brett Anderson left Friday night's game before he wanted to. Still, he was a winner for the first time in 15 months.

Anderson pitched effectively into the seventh inning before a blister ended his night and the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1.

"It's good. Your goal when you pitch is to win the ballgame and it's been a while," he said. "It's pretty satisfying, especially my first win in the National League. Hopefully I'll get on a roll here."

Carlos Gonzalez homered and Josh Rutledge had two hits and drove in four runs for Colorado, which has won consecutive games for just the second time in the last six weeks.

The Rockies are 16-40 since May 20 but they cooled off the Pirates, who entered Friday 44-29 since starting the season 10-18.

Not every Colorado player left Coors Field in a good mood.

Third baseman Nolan Arenado was removed from the game after he failed to run hard to first on a grounder to the mound in the fourth. Pirates starter Charlie Morton bobbled the ball but was able to get Arenado, who jogged at the start before hustling to try and beat the throw.

"We talk a lot about playing the game hard, playing the game right and how important that is, especially when you've been getting your (butt) kicked for a while. It's even more important. It's imperative," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "I just felt Nolan didn't meet that standard at that point. Nolan's a great kid. He's a great player. That's how I saw it."

Anderson (1-3) had not won since beating Houston on April 7, 2013, in his last start for Oakland. He spent four months on the disabled list and moved to the A's bullpen when he returned.

He was winless in three April starts for Colorado before a broken left index finger put him on the shelf for 81 games. Friday was his third start since coming back and he allowed just two hits in 6 1-3 innings before a blister began to develop on his left index finger

"I noticed it in the bottom of the sixth and then I started throwing some breaking balls there in the seventh and it kind of caught," Anderson said. "Hopefully got it before thing (turns) major. It didn't break open and they drained it. I don't foresee it being a problem."

He left the game with a 1-0 lead after walking Russell Martin for the third time.

"My stuff is getting better and better and my velocity is coming back," Anderson said. "... The offense showed up tremendously."

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