Bettis back from cancer treatment, Rockies blank Braves 3-0

DENVER (AP) Chad Bettis had trouble controlling his emotions as he took the mound for the first time since cancer treatment. He had no trouble controlling the Atlanta Braves' lineup.

Bettis threw seven impressive innings in his season debut Monday, thrilling the crowd as the Colorado Rockies beat the Braves 3-0 on a feel-good night at Coors Field.

Bettis scattered six hits, walked none and struck out two. He hadn't pitched in the majors since being diagnosed with testicular cancer in November.

''I don't think I was in tune to what was going on until the fifth,'' Bettis said. ''So many emotions. I was trying to get them under control. It was taking much longer than what was expected.''

Bettis had surgery for the condition, but tests in March showed the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. He later underwent chemotherapy.

The journey to get back to the rotation was on his mind all day, but he was able to harness his emotions and put together a strong outing.

''From what everybody has told me about this fella, seeing what he did tonight didn't surprise me,'' first-year Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''I'm sure it was emotional for him, his family, the people who he's close to, people with cancer that follow his path.''

The 33,641 fans at Coors Field were cheering for Bettis before he threw his first major league pitch of 2017. The crowd rose as he walked in from the bullpen before the start, and gave a big cheer as he went out to pitch the first inning.

''You try to get your mind clear because of the task at hand, and then to be hit with that emotion, it was unbelievable,'' Bettis said. ''Walking in it was deep breaths.''

Reality hit in a hurry when Ender Inciarte led off with a triple past a diving Gerardo Parra in left, but Inciarte was thrown out trying to stretch it to an inside-the-park home run.

''It went from being incredibly high to, `Oh no, we're about to be down 1-0.' I've never had a problem with guys laying out,'' Bettis said. ''Parra tried to make a spectacular play and ended up still making a spectacular play.''

The 28-year-old Bettis settled into a pitchers' duel with Atlanta starter Julio Teheran and pitched the way he did last year when he led Colorado in starts (32), wins (14) and innings (186). Bettis left for a pinch hitter in the seventh with the game still scoreless.

Colorado scored three times in the eighth off Rex Brothers (2-3), who relieved Teheran. The Rockies are tied with Arizona for the top NL wild card.

''You hate not to get that one for (Teheran),'' Brothers said.

Mike Dunn (5-1) got the win and Greg Holland closed for his 35th save. Holland, who had blown his previous two save chances, gave up a single and a walk in the ninth before getting the last out.

Teheran allowed four hits and struck out eight in seven innings.

''I've been working to try and get back on track and today I feel like I had my best, like the old Julio Teheran that we're used to seeing,'' he said.

Charlie Blackmon led off the Colorado eighth with a triple. After an intentional walk, Parra singled through the drawn-in infield to put the Rockies ahead.

Carlos Gonzalez's two-run single off Jason Motte provided some insurance.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: OF Matt Kemp (right hamstring strain) did some running and is scheduled to do more Wednesday. He will take Thursday off but could play Friday against Cincinnati.

Rockies: OF-1B Ian Desmond (right calf strain) did some hitting and running on Colorado's recent road trip.

CRISIS AVERTED

The Rockies got a scare Sunday when All-Star 3B Nolan Arenado, who leads the majors with 100 RBIs, left the game in Miami after being hit on the left hand with a pitch. He and the team feared he broke a bone but X-rays showed only a bruise.

''I was a little surprised. I thought I broke it,'' Arenado said Monday. ''It got super tight right after. Last time I broke my finger, and I've broken bones before, it gets super tight and it usually comes out broken.''

Arenado didn't start but he pinch-hit in the seventh, fouling out to first.

''I'm good to go. It hurts, but I've dealt with worse pain,'' he said. ''It's not as swollen as we thought it was going to be. It's just pain tolerance.''

BAYLOR TRIBUTE

Before the game, the Rockies honored Don Baylor, the club's first manager, with a video tribute and a moment of silence. Baylor, who managed Colorado for its first six seasons, died last week at age 68 after a 14-year battle with multiple myeloma. The Rockies hung his jersey in their dugout.

UP NEXT

Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (1-7, 4.45 ERA) will make his 12th start of the season Tuesday.

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (11-7, 3.70) returns from a left groin strain to make his first career start against Atlanta.

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  • W: M. Dunn (5-1)L: R. Brothers (2-3)S: G. Holland (35)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Phillips 3B40000001.283.326.426.7520.0
F. Freeman 1B40100000.321.422.6311.0531.0
N. Markakis RF40200011.276.359.390.7492.5
K. Suzuki C40100002.263.340.508.8482.0
D. Santana LF20000101.210.253.376.6291.0
O. Albies 2B40000013.205.273.385.657-0.5
D. Swanson SS30100001.210.281.306.5872.0
J. Teheran P20100001.150.186.150.3361.0
a- L. Adams PH10000000.263.300.421.7210.0
R. Brothers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Motte P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Teheran in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF41100022.335.393.6151.0083.0
D. LeMahieu 2B31000102.309.371.391.7622.0
G. Parra LF41110010.344.367.520.8872.5
M. Reynolds 1B30000110.275.364.497.8620.5
C. Gonzalez RF30220100.236.303.347.6497.0
J. Lucroy C30200102.251.322.347.6683.0
P. Valaika 3B40000017.273.301.561.863-0.5
T. Story SS20100010.222.299.399.6990.5
a- N. Arenado PH10000002.311.360.584.9440.0
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
G. Holland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Bettis P10000110.000.500.000.5000.5
b- A. Amarista PH-SS10000012.241.267.369.636-0.5
  • a-fouled out for Story in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Bettis in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (29), K. Suzuki (8), D. Swanson (15)
  • 3B - E. Inciarte (2)
  • SH - D. Santana
BATTING
  • 3B - C. Blackmon (14)
  • RBI - G. Parra (53), C. Gonzalez 2 (37)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Gonzalez (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Swanson, O. Albies, F. Freeman, J. Motte
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Parra (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran7.04003804.981.3921.0
R. Brothers (L, 2-3)0.02331008.101.58-11.0
J. Motte1.01001003.561.151.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran7.0
R. Brothers (L, 2-3)0.0
J. Motte1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bettis7.06000200.000.8619.0
M. Dunn (W, 5-1)1.00000103.951.3910.5
G. Holland (S, 35)1.01001002.721.168.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Bettis7.0
M. Dunn (W, 5-1)1.0
G. Holland (S, 35)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Brothers
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 110-74, R. Brothers 8-6, J. Motte 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 3-9, J. Motte 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 27, R. Brothers 3, J. Motte 4
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Bettis
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 90-63, M. Dunn 8-5, G. Holland 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 12-6, G. Holland 1-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 26, M. Dunn 3, G. Holland 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Phillips 3B40000001.283.326.426.7520.0
F. Freeman 1B40100000.321.422.6311.0531.0
N. Markakis RF40200011.276.359.390.7492.5
K. Suzuki C40100002.263.340.508.8482.0
D. Santana LF20000101.210.253.376.6291.0
O. Albies 2B40000013.205.273.385.657-0.5
D. Swanson SS30100001.210.281.306.5872.0
J. Teheran P20100001.150.186.150.3361.0
a- L. Adams PH10000000.263.300.421.7210.0
R. Brothers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Motte P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Teheran in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF41100022.335.393.6151.0083.0
D. LeMahieu 2B31000102.309.371.391.7622.0
G. Parra LF41110010.344.367.520.8872.5
M. Reynolds 1B30000110.275.364.497.8620.5
C. Gonzalez RF30220100.236.303.347.6497.0
J. Lucroy C30200102.251.322.347.6683.0
P. Valaika 3B40000017.273.301.561.863-0.5
T. Story SS20100010.222.299.399.6990.5
a- N. Arenado PH10000002.311.360.584.9440.0
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
G. Holland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Bettis P10000110.000.500.000.5000.5
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  • a-fouled out for Story in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Bettis in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (29), K. Suzuki (8), D. Swanson (15)
  • 3B - E. Inciarte (2)
  • SH - D. Santana
BATTING
  • 3B - C. Blackmon (14)
  • RBI - G. Parra (53), C. Gonzalez 2 (37)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Gonzalez (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Swanson, O. Albies, F. Freeman, J. Motte
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Parra (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran7.04003804.981.3921.0
R. Brothers (L, 2-3)0.02331008.101.58-11.0
J. Motte1.01001003.561.151.0
Total8.0733580---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran7.0
R. Brothers (L, 2-3)0.0
J. Motte1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bettis7.06000200.000.8619.0
M. Dunn (W, 5-1)1.00000103.951.3910.5
G. Holland (S, 35)1.01001002.721.168.0
Total9.0700130---
PITCHERSIP
C. Bettis7.0
M. Dunn (W, 5-1)1.0
G. Holland (S, 35)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Brothers
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 110-74, R. Brothers 8-6, J. Motte 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 3-9, J. Motte 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 27, R. Brothers 3, J. Motte 4
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Bettis
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 90-63, M. Dunn 8-5, G. Holland 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 12-6, G. Holland 1-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 26, M. Dunn 3, G. Holland 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Gonzalez singled to shallow center, LeMahieu and Parra scored, Reynolds to second03
    Parra singled to left center, Blackmon scored, LeMahieu to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Greg Holland relieved Mike Dunn
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Freeman grounded out to first
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis singled to left
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Suzuki lined out to center
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Albies lined out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Mike Dunn pitching
    • Lane Adams hit for Julio Teheran
    • L. Adams: Ball, Adams flied out to center
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Inciarte struck out on foul tip
    • B. Phillips: Phillips lined out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Rex Brothers pitching
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Blackmon tripled to deep center
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu intentionally walked
    • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Parra singled to left center, Blackmon scored, LeMahieu to second
    • Jason Motte relieved Rex Brothers
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked, LeMahieu to third, Parra to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez singled to shallow center, LeMahieu and Parra scored, Reynolds to second
    • J. Lucroy: Lucroy fouled out to right
    • P. Valaika: Valaika grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Gonzalez out at second
    • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Ball, Suzuki doubled to deep left
    • D. Santana: Santana hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Suzuki to third
    • O. Albies: Albies flied out to center
    • D. Swanson: Swanson flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez reached on an infield single to second
    • J. Lucroy: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lucroy walked
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
    • Nolan Arenado hit for Trevor Story
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Arenado fouled out to first
    • Alexi Amarista hit for Chad Bettis
    • A. Amarista: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Amarista struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Phillips grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded out to second
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to third
    • G. Parra: Foul, Foul, Parra flied out to left
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Swanson doubled to right
    • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Teheran grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Inciarte flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • C. Bettis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bettis struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon flied out to deep center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Freeman grounded out to third
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Markakis doubled to deep right
    • K. Suzuki: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop, Markakis to third
    • D. Santana: Foul, Ball, Foul, Santana grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy singled to center, Gonzalez to second
    • P. Valaika: Valaika popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson grounded out to third
    • J. Teheran: Ball, Ball, Teheran singled to center
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Inciarte lined out to center
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Teheran to second on wild pitch, Phillips grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Story singled to shallow center
    • C. Bettis: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bettis walked, Story to second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu lined into double play second to shortstop, Story out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki popped out to first
    • D. Santana: Ball, Santana grounded out to first
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies lined out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike looking, Reynolds grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez flied out to center
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy singled to deep right center
    • P. Valaika: Foul, Valaika flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Inciarte tripled to deep left, Inciarte out at home
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Phillips grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman singled to right
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu lined out to right
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Parra flied out to deep left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)