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Chacin records first career victory, Rockies avoid sweep by Giants

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Jim Tracy has always liked Jhoulys Chacin's potential, and the Colorado manager has told the pitcher so many a time. The Rockies also were straight with their young right-hander this spring: figure out your fastball to stay in the major leagues.

Chacin allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings for his first major league victory, Melvin Mora hit a two-run single and the Rockies avoided a three-game sweep by beating the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Sunday.

"He always told me, 'You can do it' and 'I'm confident in you,' " Chacin said, recalling his conversations with Tracy even before he was promoted from bench coach to manager last May. "They told me I had to throw my fastball for strikes."

Chacin (1-0) struck out seven and didn't allow a hit until Matt Downs' two-out double in the fifth, one of only a couple of well-struck balls he gave up as he kept attacking hitters deep into the game.

"He was really working the outside corner, nibbling off the plate away," San Francisco's Aubrey Huff said. "He wouldn't give in."

Paul Phillips drew a bases-loaded walk from Jonathan Sanchez (2-2) in the fourth to put Colorado ahead 1-0 and Ryan Spilborghs also singled home a run in the four-run fifth. The Rockies snapped their season-worst three-game losing streak.

Huff homered for the second successive day, leading off the ninth with a drive against Manny Corpas.

The Rockies earned a rare victory in the Giants' waterfront ballpark, where Colorado won for only the third time in the last 12 games.

The 22-year-old Chacin walked three in his second career start and 11th big league appearance, shutting down a San Francisco lineup that scored 11 runs in the first two games. The right-hander, in the rotation because of all the injuries to the Rockies' pitching staff, made his major league debut against the Giants in the ninth inning last July 25 at Coors Field.

He was hoping to get the souvenir game ball from his first victory, saying, "I'm very happy." Chacin combined for 18 wins at two levels in the minors in 2008 -- and has always had impressive off-speed stuff. He routinely got strikeouts with his slider on Sunday.

"I'm a big believer in this kid and have been for a long time," Tracy said. "I was a believer last year when his fastball command was eluding him. ... He showed me glimpses when I started here as a coach."

For the second successive series, the Giants lost the finale with a chance to sweep. San Francisco still finished an impressive 6-3 homestand against three 2009 playoff teams: St. Louis, Philadelphia and Colorado.

"It's difficult. A lot has to go your way. To sweep you have to be clicking everywhere, pitching and hitting, and hope that they scuffle on all ends," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a good homestand. It could have been a great one with this win."

San Francisco leadoff man and center fielder Aaron Rowand went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts in his return from the disabled list. He missed time with small fractures of his left cheekbone and a mild concussion after he was hit by a pitch from Vicente Padilla on April 16.

Jason Giambi, in the lineup as Todd Helton got the day off, had his 19th career stolen base and first since June 22, 2008, against Cincinnati with the Yankees.

"I've been saving up for that," Giambi said, grinning.

The Rockies still must go to San Diego and Los Angeles on this nine-game road trip during a stretch of 12 straight games against NL West teams.

Notes

  • Mora reached 700 RBI.
  • San Francisco No. 5 starter Todd Wellemeyer, whose next turn is being skipped, pitched in relief.
  • Colorado's Dexter Fowler, who had stolen a base in three consecutive games, was caught for the second time in 2010.
  • Rockies LHP Jeff Francis threw four innings in an extended spring training game Saturday as he recovers from a strained pitching shoulder. He is scheduled to start for Double-A Tulsa on Thursday against Arkansas.
  • Colorado closer Huston Street will throw batting practice Tuesday in San Diego, the first time he will face hitters since right shoulder inflammation sidelined him at the end of spring training.
  • Clint Barmes batted second for the first time this season for the Rockies.
  • Colorado first-base coach Glenallen Hill waved his hat and cheered from the top of the dugout steps when the team from his native Santa Cruz was announced on Little League day.
 
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The Rockies get a dynamic effort from Jhoulys Chacin, who yields one hit through seven shutout innings.  (AP)
The Rockies get a dynamic effort from Jhoulys Chacin, who yields one hit through seven shutout innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

M. Mora
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Colorado

J. Chacin
IP 7.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 3
K 7
 
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF5020021 .256
Clint Barmes, 2B5010012 .197
Carlos Gonzalez, RF4100112 .330
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5120013 .310
Jason Giambi, 1B2200100 .100
    Ian Stewart, 3B1000010 .278
Melvin Mora, 3B-1B3012101 .300
Ryan Spilborghs, LF2011210 .205
Paul Phillips, C3011114 .250
Jhoulys Chacin, P3000013 .000
   a- Eric Young Jr., PH0000100 .333
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .000
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
Totals3348479  
a-walked for Chacin in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Melvin Mora 2 (7), Ryan Spilborghs (7), Paul Phillips (1)
2-OUT RBI - Melvin Mora 2 (5), Ryan Spilborghs (2), Paul Phillips (1)
SB - Troy Tulowitzki (2, 3rd base off Sanchez/Whiteside), Jason Giambi (1, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside), Eric Young Jr. (4, 2nd base off Wellemeyer/Whiteside)
CS - Dexter Fowler (2, 2nd base by Sanchez/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Barmes-Giambi
E - Clint Barmes (3, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jhoulys Chacin (W,1-0) 7100370 0.00
Matt Daley 0.1200000 0.79
Franklin Morales (H,1) 0.2000020 3.48
Manuel Corpas 1111001 1.50
Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 99-60, Matt Daley 10-7, Franklin Morales 10-7, Manuel Corpas 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 8-6, Manuel Corpas 1-2
Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 25, Matt Daley 3, Franklin Morales 2, Manuel Corpas 4
San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF4010023 .300
John Bowker, LF2000111 .200
   a- Andres Torres, PH-LF1000012 .255
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4000013 .337
Aubrey Huff, 1B4111011 .271
Juan Uribe, SS4000010 .292
Nate Schierholtz, RF4000010 .345
Eli Whiteside, C4000010 .286
Matt Downs, 2B2020100 .375
Jonathan Sanchez, P0000000 .167
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
   b- Eugenio Velez, PH0000100 .190
    Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000 .143
   c- Travis Ishikawa, PH1000001 .143
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
Totals3014139  
a-struck out for Bowker in the 8th
b-walked for Medders in the 5th
c-flied out for Wellemeyer in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Downs 2 (3, Chacin, Daley)
HR - Aubrey Huff (4, Corpas)
SH - Jonathan Sanchez (2)
RBI - Aubrey Huff (12)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - John Bowker 1
DP - Sandoval-Downs-Huff
E - Jonathan Sanchez (1, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez (L,2-2) 4.2333540 2.48
Brandon Medders 0.1311100 6.23
Todd Wellemeyer 3200130 5.55
Dan Runzler 1000020 2.45
HBP - Giambi (by Jonathan Sanchez)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 93-52, Brandon Medders 21-13, Todd Wellemeyer 39-26, Dan Runzler 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 5-4, Todd Wellemeyer 2-4, Dan Runzler 1-0
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 22, Brandon Medders 4, Todd Wellemeyer 12, Dan Runzler 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41831
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Tim Timmons