"Initially, I thought it was right at 'Tulo' -- perfect, here we go," Bettis said, per MLB.com. "Then I turned around and looked and I was like, 'Aw, man.'"
Bettis still carried a no-hitter into the eighth, until Cody Asche recorded a hit with one out in the inning.
Overall, Bettis threw eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits on the evening, as he improved to 2-0. He struck out seven batters, which matches a career-high, set in his previous start.
"He was coming off his best outing, and he topped even that one," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He commanded the fastball and threw his secondary pitches for strikes whenever he wanted."
In his last two starts, Bettis has allowed just two runs and eight hits in 16 1/3 innings, and his ERA has dropped to 2.96. He'll look to keep the good times rolling in his next start, scheduled for Tuesday at home against Dodgers.
Bettis is 1-0 with a 4.19 ERA in three starts this season.
Bettis picked up his first win of the season in just his third start. He allowed two runs on six hits and struck out seven, marking his best outing for the Rockies.
"I was the most convicted and aggressive with every single pitch [as I have been] this year," the Rockies right-hander said to MLB.com.
Bettis picked up his first MLB victory since Sept. 16, 2013, when he earned a win during a relief appearance.
"There's so much separation [in speeds], it makes it tough on a hitter," manager Walt Weiss said. "Fastball command was really good. He ran it up to 96 [mph], I believe. He added and subtracted with his fastball and threw the big slow hook that he commanded for a strike also. He got some free strikes with it early in at-bats."
Bettis surrendered run scoring doubles to Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz, respectively in the second inning. He was charged with three runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out five over six innings of work. Of his 89 pitches, 64 were strikes.
Bettis has allowed seven earned runs over his first 11 innings pitched this season. He will look for his first win of the season Sunday at home against San Francisco.
Bettis (0-1) gave up a pair of runs on a first-inning double, watched a third run score on a double by the opposing pitcher in the second inning, and allowed a fourth run to come home on a fifth-inning single. A lengthy rain delay ensured he wouldn't come out for the sixth inning, but with 106 pitches thrown, his night was likely done anyway.
Bettis would face the Phillies Tuesday if he sticks in the rotation for another start.
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