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DENVER -- Jhoulys Chacin is starting to make a name for himself, even if few can properly pronounce it.
For the record, it's yo-LEES cha-SEEN.
And even more for the record, he's quietly amassed an 8-4 mark with a 2.81 ERA -- numbers worthy of All-Star consideration.
Chacin scattered three hits over six sharp innings and Seth Smith hit a tiebreaking single as part of a five-run sixth, lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old righty made only one mistake all afternoon, giving up a solo homer to Rob Johnson. He had seven strikeouts and walked two to pick up his third straight win.
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Chacin is among the NL leaders in several categories, including opposing batting average (.196). If Rockies manager Jim Tracy had a say in the matter, Chacin, who's emerging as the staff ace with Ubaldo Jimenez struggling, would be at the All-Star Game.
"Has he done enough to be under consideration? Yes. Will it happen? I don't know," Tracy said. "Unfortunately, I don't get a vote. I know the direction I would lean.
"He's still a little bit new on the scene. But I think those who have walked up there and faced him are well aware of his capability."
Chacin outdueled another up-and-coming young pitcher in Mat Latos (4-8), who threw effectively before running out of steam in the sixth. Latos allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
"It is frustrating. But that's how it is," Latos said. "That's how baseball is."
The Rockies cranked up their offense with seven singles in the sixth inning, including five straight at one point. Smith, Ty Wigginton and Charlie Blackmon all had RBI singles, while pinch hitter Ryan Spilborghs added a two-run base hit up the middle.
The seven hits ties a season high for an inning and allowed the Rockies to take two of three from the Padres in the series.
Even more, the Rockies are now 2-0 since Tracy's closed-door meeting in which he implored his team to pick up their game.
Asked if that lecture lit a fire, Wigginton simply said, "Absolutely it does."
"He's basically showing that he's living and dying with us as far as baseball. You want to go out there and respond," Wigginton said.
Chris Denorfia drove in two runs for San Diego, including a two-out RBI single in the ninth.
Backup catcher Jose Morales had a solid day at the plate, going 2 for 4. But he had a rough time in the field, especially in the sixth when he committed two errors.
Morales threw wild to first after fielding a bunt and had another error on a catcher's interference call when Ryan Ludwick's bat struck his glove. The Padres couldn't capitalize on the miscues as Morales threw out Jason Bartlett trying to steal and Chacin got Cameron Maybin to ground out to thwart the threat.
The inning before, Morales was hit on the right thumb by a foul tip from Johnson. Morales clutched at his hand for several minutes as he crawled on the ground in pain. Following a visit from the trainer, Morales hopped up, took some quick tosses and stayed in the game.
A few pitches later, Johnson hit a solo homer to left, his first since May 3 against Pittsburgh.
The Rockies tied it up in their half of the fifth when Morales reached on a fielder's choice and Chacin followed with a two-out single. Carlos Gonzalez added a single up the middle that brought in Morales.
Chacin and Latos each pitched out of early trouble.
Latos surrendered a leadoff double to Troy Tulowitzki in the second, but avoided a jam when Tulowitzki made a baserunning blunder and was thrown out attempting to advance to third on Wigginton's grounder to short.
Chacin isn't getting too caught up in the All-Star talk, preferring to simply do his job and see what comes of it.
"If it happens, it's good," Chacin said. "If not, I'll just keep working all season."
|Staring down Jhoulys Chacin from the batter's box has not been pleasant for hitters this season. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Chris Denorfia, RF||5||0||2||2||0||2||0||.308|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||5||0||1||0||0||2||3||.259|
|Chase Headley, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||2||4||.278|
|Ryan Ludwick, LF||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.259|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.190|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.259|
|Alberto Gonzalez, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.202|
|Rob Johnson, C||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.177|
|Mat Latos, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.045|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Will Venable, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.220|
|Cory Luebke, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Evan Scribner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Logan Forsythe, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.167|
|a-walked for Qualls in the 7th|
|b-doubled for Scribner in the 9th|
|2B - Jason Bartlett (8, Chacin), Alberto Gonzalez (4, Lindstrom), Logan Forsythe (2, Betancourt)|
|HR - Rob Johnson (2, Chacin)|
|RBI - Chris Denorfia 2 (13), Rob Johnson (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chris Denorfia (5)|
|SB - Chase Headley (8, 2nd base off Chacin/Morales)|
|CS - Jason Bartlett (4, 2nd base by Chacin/Morales)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Gonzalez-Rizzo|
|San Diego Padres|
|Mat Latos (L,4-8)||5.1||8||4||4||1||2||0||4.06|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 93-61, Chad Qualls 23-18, Cory Luebke 15-12, Evan Scribner 22-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 5-7, Evan Scribner 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Mat Latos 23, Chad Qualls 6, Cory Luebke 3, Evan Scribner 4|
|Carlos Gonzalez, CF||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.277|
|Jonathan Herrera, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.246|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.315|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||3||0||1||0||1||2||2||.274|
|Seth Smith, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.307|
|Ty Wigginton, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.259|
|Charlie Blackmon, LF||4||1||3||1||0||0||1||.343|
|Jose Morales, C||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.267|
|Jhoulys Chacin, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.103|
|a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.248|
|Matt Lindstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Reynolds, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jason Giambi, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.245|
|Rafael Betancourt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Chacin in the 6th|
|b-flied out for M. Reynolds in the 8th|
|2B - Troy Tulowitzki (16, Latos)|
|SH - Jhoulys Chacin (5)|
|RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (38), Seth Smith (29), Ty Wigginton (22), Charlie Blackmon (4), Ryan Spilborghs 2 (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (11)|
|SB - Charlie Blackmon (5, 2nd base off Scribner/Johnson)|
|CS - Carlos Gonzalez (4, 2nd base by Latos/Johnson)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|PB - Jose Morales (3)|
|E - Jose Morales 2 (5, Throwing)|
|Jhoulys Chacin (W,8-4)||6||3||1||1||2||7||1||2.81|
|Matt Reynolds (H,9)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.54|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 96-60, Matt Lindstrom 28-15, Matt Reynolds 14-11, Rafael Betancourt 16-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 8-3, Matt Reynolds 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 24, Matt Lindstrom 5, Matt Reynolds 4, Rafael Betancourt 5|
|Attendance - 35877|
|Game Time - 3:22|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Dan Bellino|