The progress Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30) had accomplished over three major league starts took a horrifying setback in the 3rd inning Saturday night, as the Baltimore Orioles scored 7 runs off the rookie, going on to defeat the Colorado Rockies 8-4 at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Only 2 of the runs were earned, but the right-hander surrendered 5 hits and walked a batter in the inning, putting the Rockies in a hole they were unable to dig out of.
Colorado had taken a lead in the 1st when Dexter Fowler led-off with a walk, advanced to 3rd on a Corey Dickerson single, and scored when Troy Tulowitzki grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. The Orioles tied it in the bottom of the inning when Bettis walked lead-off hitter Nate McLouth, Manny Machado singled him to 3rd, and Chris Davis hit a sacrifice fly to right-field.
Bettis got through the 2nd unscathed, but after Wilin Rosario left Tulowitzki, who had doubled with two out, and Michael Cuddyer, who singled, on 2nd and 3rd, big trouble broke-out for Colorado. Davis led-off with a double to center and moved to 3rd on a Rosario passed-ball. Adam Jones singled on a ground-ball to 3rd base when Nolan Arenado fielded the ball behind the bag but was unable to make a throw before dodging Davis, who had to stay on the bag. Nick Markakis then popped-up to left, ruled a single when the ball escaped from Dickerson’s glove after what appeared to be a diving catch, scoring Davis. Matt Wieters grounded-out, but Steve Pierce reached on an error by Tulowitzki, Jones scoring on the boot. Ryan Flaherty popped-out, but Brian Roberts doubled to knock-in Markakis and Pierce. Bettis then walked McLouth again, and after a fruitlss visit by pitching coach Jim Wright, Machado doubled-in Roberts, McLouth at his heels. Adam Ottavino relieved Bettis, wild-pitched Machado to 3rd, walked Davis, and allowed a single to Jones, the inning’s 11th batter, Machado scoring to make it 8-1.
The Rockies got a run back in the 4th when Fowler singled-in Charlie Blackmon with two out. It got a bit interesting in the 6th when Arenado led-off with a triple and scored on a Blackmon ground-out. Jonny Herrera followed with a single and scored when Fowler blasted what was ruled a single over the head of Jones in deep right-center, but after Dickerson walked Tulowitzki struck-out to quash the threat.
Edgmer Escalona pitched an inning and a third, Wilton Lopez delivered a 1-2-3 7th, and Rafael Betancourt returned from the Disabled List to retire the three batters he faced in the 8th. Manuel Corpas was returned to Colorado Springs to make room for Betancourt.
It’s a rubber game Sunday afternoon. Jhoulys Chacin (11-6, 3.18) gets the start for Colorado against Baltimore’s Scott Feldman in an 11:35 am MDT brunch call.