Mon­day’s game

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Cubs 9, Rock­ies 6, at Salt River Fields

scotts­dale, ariz.» Two weeks from the sea­son opener at Mil­wau­kee, Rock­ies pitch­ers re­main in tuneup mode. For left-handed starter Tyler An­der­son, that means find­ing more con­sis­tent pitch com­mand, as ex­hib­ited in a 9-6 loss to the de­fend­ing World Se­ries cham­pion Chicago Cubs on Mon­day.

“Over­all, I think to­day was a pos­i­tive for Tyler,” man­ager Bud Black said.

For starters: An­der­son’s line re­flected his un­even per­for­mance: five in­nings pitched, three runs (two earned) and six hits al­lowed, and four strike­outs. He needed 81 pitches to get through his out­ing, and he com­mit­ted a throw­ing er­ror.

Asked if he would de­scribe his per­for­mance as “so-so,” An­der­son replied: “I think there was prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit of that. I think my ex­e­cu­tion was prob­a­bly bet­ter than my line was.

“There were a cou­ple of hit­ters that got away from me a lit­tle bit, but in the real sea­son you re­ally don’t have the lux­ury of do­ing that. You have to be able to lock in the en­tire time, so (to­day) was a good learn­ing point.”

Hits: It was a good af­ter­noon for vet­eran right-han­der Ja­son Motte, who is try­ing to pin down a spot in the bullpen. His fast­ball hit 93.4 mph, and he set the Cubs down in or­der in the sev­enth. … Closer Greg Hol­land pitched a score­less sixth, strik­ing out two Cubs with nasty slid­ers. His fast­ball ve­loc­ity was clocked at 93 to 95 mph. … Out­fielder Raimel Tapia, likely to be­gin the sea­son with Triple-A Al­bu­querque, con­tin­ued to flash his tal­ents. He made a start in right field, sin­gled and scored a run in the fourth and sin­gled and stole se­cond base in the sixth. He is bat­ting .310 this spring.

Misses: Right-handed re­liever Jairo Diaz, mak­ing his first Cac­tus League ap­pear­ance af­ter miss­ing all of last sea­son be­cause of Tommy John surgery, got hit hard, giv­ing up five runs and four hits (in­clud­ing a homer) while get­ting just two outs.

What’s next: Tues­day is a day off for the Rock­ies.

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