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Chacin deals a six-hit shutout to Cubs

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Roster Report · Chacin deals a six-hit shutout to Cubs · Notes, Quotes

After playing a doubleheader Thursday in New York and using all seven of their relievers, the Rockies were hoping Jhoulys Chacin could go deep in the game Friday against the Cubs.

Chacin reached the finish line, throwing a six-hit shutout for his first complete game as the Rockies won 5-0 to improve their major-league leading record to 11-2 and extend their winning streak to seven games.

Chacin, 23, who improved his record to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.64, threw 114 pitches, 76 strikes to become the first Rockies pitcher to throw a complete game shutout since Ubaldo Jimenez on May 31, 2010, at San Francisco. Since he went back in the Rockies rotation on Aug. 17, 2010, Chacin is 7-3 with a 1.99 ERA in 12 starts.

"I feel really happy," Chacin said. "But I feel (it was) more important for the team and the bullpen."

Chacin, who had two walks and seven strikeouts, allowed five singles and a double. The Cubs didn't get a hit after Alfonso Soriano's double with two out in the sixth. He was the third and final Cub to reach second base. Chacin didn't allow a runner to reach third base and got two double plays. The first came when he gave up two singles in the second and had one out and runners on first and second but got Tyler Colvin to ground into a double play.

Chacin walked Carlos Pena with one out in the ninth but got Soriano to ground into a game-ending double play.

"I wouldn't say he had perfect command," catcher Chris Iannetta said. "It was a combination of good command and he had really, really good stuff."

Manager Jim Tracy said, "He's capable of dominating games when he throws the ball and commands his fastball like he did (Friday)."

Although he won his first two starts April 3 against Arizona and April 10 at Pittsburgh and in those games allowed a total of 12 hits and five runs, four earned, in 13 innings with four walks and seven strikeouts, Chacin said, "The last two games. I didn't have good command. My command wasn't like I want it to be. (Friday) my fastball was really good."

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