PITTSBURGH -- The Rockies should have been celebrating their first two games out of the All-Star break. Starting pitching had been a severe problem as the team dealt with injuries in the first half, but Jorge De La Rosa limited the Pirates to one run in six innings Friday, and Brett Anderson gave up one run in seven innings Saturday.
But the bullpen, which has been taxed by short and ineffective work for starters, lost both games. Still, there was something for manager Walt Weiss to celebrate.
"I feel a lot better about where we are in our rotation," Weiss said. "A lot of it has to do with the two guys at the top. Watching Brett throw last night really gives me some peace of mind, watching him navigate a lineup and work through tough spots."
Anderson threw 110 pitches in his second outing since missing 16 starts with a broken left index finger.
With Tyler Matzek allowing three runs in six innings Sunday, the three games since the All-Star break marked the first time the Rockies have had three consecutive quality starts -- six or more innings pitched, three or fewer earned runs -- since April 30-May 2. Jordan Lyles had a no-decision in a Rockies' loss to the D-backs on April 30, followed by wins by Juan Nicasio and De La Rosa over the Mets.
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