DENVER — Brett Anderson was less than thrilled with his first two starts with the Colorado Rockies.
“Give me a C+ or a C-,” said Anderson after his outing Sunday. “Average velocity, we lost twice and I got outpitched both times and I won’t say I pitched too well.”
Anderson (0-2) was roughed up for 10 hits and five runs, three of them earned, over six innings in a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
He was beaten 4-3 in his first start at Miami.
“Two average starts in my first two outings,” said Anderson, an off-season acquisition from the Oakland A’s. “I am a little better pitcher than that and I want to showcase it.”
Two of the runs were unearned because of third baseman Nolan Arenado’s error on a groundball hit by Paul Goldschmidt in the third.
“I thought Brett did a nice job and I have a lot of confidence in him,” Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. “The home run he gave up to Mark Trumbo hurt.”
Trumbo homered for the fourth consecutive game.
Wade Miley pitched eight strong innings to extend his mastery over the Rockies. He also had a career-best three hits, including an RBI single and benefited from a defense that turned five double plays as the Diamondbacks won for just the second time in nine games this season.
Miley improved to 7-0 with a 2.52 earned run average in 10 career games (nine starts) against the Rockies, matching the longest winning streak against Colorado to start a career.
The winning pitcher in Arizona’s only other victory this season, Miley (2-1) allowed two runs and seven hits.
Addison Reed gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Gonzalez in the ninth and Gonzalez stole second and went to third on catcher Miguel Montero’s throwing error. Troy Tulowitzki walked to put runners on the corners.
But Reed induced Wilin Rosario to ground into a run-scoring double play and then got Nolan Arenado to fly out to left for his second save in as many chances.
Trumbo, who walked in his first two plate appearances, connected off Anderson (0-2) for his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth that sailed into the left field bleachers and stretched Arizona’s lead to 5-0. Anderson went six innings and allowed five runs and 10 hits.
Colorado got on the scoreboard with sacrifice flies by Drew Stubbs in the fifth and Arenado in the sixth.
Chris Owings doubled and scored on Miley’s fourth-inning single.
The new replay rule figured in a reversed call in the first inning. First base ump Mike Muchlinski called Colorado leadoff batter Charlie Blackmon out, but the replay showed Blackmon beat first baseman Goldschmidt’s flip to Miley, covering the bag, getting his hand on the base with a headfirst slide just ahead of Miley stepping on the bag.