DENVER (AP) — Colorado manager Walt Weiss sees a bright future for Eddie Butler, even if the newest Rockies pitcher got off to a rough start.
Butler, called up from Double-A Tulsa to take Franklin Morales' spot in the rotation, was knocked around in his major league debut Friday night. Dee Gordon tripled twice among his three hits off Butler and drove in three runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Colorado 7-2, handing the Rockies their eighth straight defeat.
"I definitely wanted to have a better start than that and give the guys a chance to win," Butler said. "Giving up six runs in 5 1-3 is not bad, but it's not great."
Butler kept the Dodgers from lighting up the scoreboard after Colorado pitchers allowed 28 runs and 39 hits over the previous two games. His fastball touched 96 mph and his ability to stay near the plate contributed to his low pitch count early.
"Opposing hitters were firing early because he was around the zone," Weiss said. "He's got the ability to be efficient and get quick outs."
The Dodgers had lost six of eight but got healthy against the struggling Rockies. Hyun-Jin Ryu cruised through the first five innings before Drew Stubbs hit a solo homer with one out in the sixth.
Ryu (7-2) allowed two runs and eight hits over six innings.
Stubbs and Troy Tulowitzki had two hits each for the Rockies.
Colorado had hoped Butler (0-1) could stop the slide, but he struggled right from the start. Gordon ripped the right-hander's second major league pitch into right field for a leadoff triple and scored on a groundout by Hanley Ramirez.
"I missed a few times over the middle of the plate and they don't miss it here," Butler said.
Drew Butera's RBI double in the second made it 2-0. Butler then settled down until the fifth, when the Dodgers stretched the lead.
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