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DENVER -- Jhoulys Chacin's strong start ended painfully.
Chacin pitched effectively into the seventh inning and became the first Rockies starter to throw 100 pitches in a game since last June before leaving with an injury as Colorado beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Friday night.
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"I'm a little bit worried because I don't want to miss a start," Chacin said while wearing a wrap around his lower back. "I want to keep pitching, especially with how we're playing now. Everything is going well and I just want to keep helping my team."
Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer and Chacin helped himself by driving in a run with a sacrifice fly as the Rockies won their seventh in row and remained unbeaten in seven home games this season.
Chacin (3-0) grabbed his lower left back after throwing his fourth pitch to Arizona's Cody Ross with one out in the seventh inning. He was taken out of the game after a brief conference near the mound with manager Walt Weiss and team trainers and replaced by reliever Wilton Lopez.
"We hope it's nothing serious," said the Rockies' Chris Nelson, who scored on Chacin's sacrifice fly after tripling to lead off the fifth. "But when you see your pitcher walk off the mound like that, it's a rough one for the whole team."
The team said Chacin, who allowed three hits in 6 1-3 innings and struck out five, exited the game with left oblique stiffness and would be re-evaluated Saturday.
Chacin was pitching a gem before the injury.
"I was throwing my fastball and my sinker down in the zone, attacking the hitter," he said. "I threw a lot of first pitch strikes and that really helped me."
But he felt a twinge on his 99th pitch and and a painful pull on his 100th.
"I don't know how bad it is," he said. "They'll see tomorrow how it is. I feel better now, but it was really painful when I threw the ball."
The last time a Colorado starter reached the century mark in pitches was last June 12, a stretch of 117 games. It was the longest string in the majors since records started being kept by STATS in 1988. Before the Rockies' streak, the longest string of starters not throwing 100 pitches in a game was held by Washington, which went 33 games from Aug. 31, 2011, to April 10, 2012.
"He threw all of his pitches over for strikes," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We never really got ahead of him. He got the slider over alot early in the count and we laid off of that. He had good depth to it. That's probably the best I've seen him throw."
In the fifth, Chacin worked out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam by fanning his Arizona counterpart, Ian Kennedy. The Diamondbacks got an unearned run on third baseman Nelson's throwing error in the ninth before Rafael Betancourt closed the game out for his sixth save in six chances.
Kennedy (1-2), who allowed three runs on three hits in six innings, was overpowering early. He retired the first 10 batters he faced, half of them on strikeouts. With one out in the fourth, Josh Rutledge became the first Rockies batter to reach when he drew a walk.
After Carlos Gonzalez struck out, Tulowitzki got hold of Kennedy's first offering and drove it over the left field wall for his fifth home run of the season. He had come into the at-bat hitting .166 in 18 plate appearances against Kennedy, though it was his second homer off the Diamondbacks' starter.
"I had to be pretty much perfect because Chacin threw a pretty good game," Kennedy said. "He kept us off balance. Tough to win that one with someone throwing like that."
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|Gerardo Parra, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.292|
|Martin Prado, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.239|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.333|
|Miguel Montero, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Cody Ross, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.318|
|A.J. Pollock, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.271|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Cliff Pennington, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.211|
|Ian Kennedy, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Brad Ziegler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Josh Wilson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Josh Collmenter, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Ziegler in the 8th|
|Ian Kennedy (L,1-2)||6||3||3||3||3||6||1||5.47|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 106-66, Brad Ziegler 9-7, Josh Collmenter 16-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 4-8, Brad Ziegler 1-0, Josh Collmenter 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 24, Brad Ziegler 3, Josh Collmenter 3|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.263|
|Josh Rutledge, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.211|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.373|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||2||1||1||2||1||0||0||.314|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.365|
|Todd Helton, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.268|
|Wilin Rosario, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.306|
|Chris Nelson, 3B||3||1||1||0||0||2||0||.292|
|Jhoulys Chacin, P||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.200|
|Wilton Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Reid Brignac, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.273|
|Rex Brothers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rafael Betancourt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Lopez in the 7th|
|2B - Michael Cuddyer (3, Kennedy)|
|3B - Chris Nelson (1, Kennedy)|
|HR - Troy Tulowitzki (5, Kennedy)|
|SF - Jhoulys Chacin (1)|
|RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 2 (15), Jhoulys Chacin (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 2 (7)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Tulowitzki-Rutledge-Helton, Rutledge-Tulowitzki-Helton|
|E - Chris Nelson (2, Throwing)|
|Jhoulys Chacin (W,3-0)||6.1||3||0||0||1||5||0||1.46|
|Wilton Lopez (H,3)||0.2||0||0||0||0||2||0||7.71|
|Rex Brothers (H,2)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.08|
|Rafael Betancourt (S,6)||1||1||1||0||0||1||0||1.08|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 96-65, Wilton Lopez 11-9, Rex Brothers 12-8, Rafael Betancourt 19-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 10-3, Rex Brothers 1-1, Rafael Betancourt 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 22, Wilton Lopez 2, Rex Brothers 3, Rafael Betancourt 5|
|Attendance - 23445|
|Game Time - 2:46|
|Temperature - 52|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|