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Chacin returns to mound in loss to Reds

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For the first time since Aug. 28, Jhoulys Chacin started for the Rockies. He had been sidelined due to tonsillitis and because the Rockies want to monitor his workload.

He had logged 170 innings in his first full season in the majors after pitching 173 innings last year, including 35 2/3 at Class AAA Colorado Springs.

Before Chacin's start Friday against the Reds, manager Jim Tracy said the Rockies plan to limit Chacin to 194 innings this season. In addition to Friday, Chacin, 23, is scheduled to make three more starts, but Tracy said he would not be limited to six innings per outing.

Chacin ended up working 5 1/3 innings and threw 91 pitches in the Rockies 4-1 loss to the Reds. It was the Reds first win at Coors Field since Aug. 22, 2008, and broke their 10-game losing streak there.

Chacin held the Reds scoreless for five innings. He gave up a one-out double to Dave Sappelt in the first but struck out Joey Votto and retired Jay Bruce on a grounder. Chacin gave up consecutive one-out singles in the second but then retired the first two of 11 consecutive batters.

That streak ended when Chacin walked Brandon Phillips to open the sixth. With one out and a runner on first, Joey Votto singled. Right fielder Seth Smith threw wide of shortstop Chris Nelson, who made his first start in the big leagues at that position. Smith's error enabled Dave Sappelt, who had grounded into a fielder's choice after Phillips' walk, to go to third, and he scored when Nelson retrieved the ball on the infield grass, tried to throw on the run to get Votto at second and threw the ball into right field.

Chacin walked Bruce and was relieved by Matt Reynolds. He threw a wild pitch in the process of striking out Juan Francisco and was relieved by Josh Roenicke.

He walked Drew Stubbs to load the bases. Ryan Hanigan singled up the middle past Roenicke to score two runs, and Paul Janish floated a single to left field to make it 4-1.

"I lost my focus a little bit," Chacin said. "The first five innings, I had all my pitches my good command, everything. but when you walk the first hitter, that's when you pay for it... It's a really bad taste when you lose a game like that. You've got your good command. You're getting the hitters out and in one inning you lose the game. That's a hard thing; all you can do is keep working and try to do the best you can."

Chacin's record fell to 11-11 and his ERA rose to 3.64. He was trying to win his third straight start and match a season-high. Chacin won three straight starts twice this season from April 5-15 and June 4-15.

He's up to 175 2/3 innings for the season but has worked less than six innings in three of his past four starts. The Rockies are 13-15 in Chacin's 28 starts.

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