SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Brett Anderson pitched three positive innings in his first start against his former team on Saturday, helping the Colorado Rockies to a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
The left-hander allowed one run on three hits and struck out one.
Anderson was Oakland's opening-day starter a year ago. But he had a 6.21 ERA in April, spent four months on the disabled list with a foot injury and ended the season in the bullpen. He was traded in December.
“I tried not to think about it,” Anderson said. “But then Coco (Crisp) gets in the box and tips his cap. You tip it back and it's kind of surreal.”
Healthy and working as quickly as ever, Anderson had some running conversations with his ex-teammates.
“I asked (Daric) Barton where a pitch was and he gave me some feedback you wouldn't get from random players,” he said. “I asked Coco in the first inning if he was sitting on a slider with two strikes, but he said no.
“It's kind of cool in that way, especially since we don't face them in the regular season.”
Troy Tulowitzki had an RBI double in a three-run first against A's starter A.J. Griffin.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin was ejected in the seventh for arguing a strike call. He was gone by the time Shane Peterson lost Ben Paulsen's fly ball with two outs in the ninth. It fell in front of him, and Cristhian Adames scored from first to win it.
Griffin allowed four consecutive two-out hits in the first inning. He settled down to retire the final six batters in a three-inning stint that included six hits and two strikeouts.
“In the first inning I was leaving the ball up a little bit,” Griffin said. “And when you leave it up to a guy like Tulowitzki, fastball, first pitch down the middle, it's not going to be a good situation.”
Griffin said he needs to work on his pregame routine.
“I think I was too excited to pitch today and I warmed up too early,” he said.