Chacin contains his former team, Brewers beat Rockies 5-2

DENVER (AP) There's nothing like a homer on the first pitch of a game to perk up a dugout.

Or pump up a pitcher.

Lorenzo Cain homered to start things off, Jhoulys Chacin kept his former team in check into the sixth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2 on Thursday night.

Cain lined a fastball from German Marquez to deep center for his second career leadoff homer. The Milwaukee outfielder also accomplished feat on June 25, 2014, as a member of the Kansas City Royals.

''Something like that always surprises everybody,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''You feel like you're settling in and you're up 1-0. It's a great way to start. It gives you a little energy, for sure. Put a lot of energy in our dugout right off the bat. It was cool.''

It was especially motivational for Chacin (3-1), who cruised along in the place where he kicked off his career as he allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings. A member of the Rockies from 2009-14, the right-hander still ranks eighth in Colorado history in wins (38) and seventh in strikeouts (514).

Even more, Chacin improved to 2-1 in four career starts against the Rockies.

''I faced my old friends, pitched here in Coors again - it's always special for me,'' Chacin said. ''Happy to be able to pitch OK and give my team a chance to win the ball game.''

Up 5-2 in the sixth, Chacin walked Nolan Arenado with one out. He was replaced by lefty Boone Logan, another former Rockies pitcher who was making his Brewers debut after starting the season on the disabled list due to a strained triceps. Logan allowed a single to David Dahl before giving way to Matt Albers, who walked Trevor Story to load the bases.

Albers wiggled out of trouble when he got Gerardo Parra to ground into an inning-ending 5-2-3 double play.

''We needed a big hit with runners in scoring position,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''It hasn't come, but it will.''

Jeremy Jeffress struck out the side in the ninth for his third save in four chances.

Story sparked Colorado's lackluster offense by homering on a slider from Chacin in the second. The Rockies left five runners on base a day after going 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

Marquez (2-4) struggled with his command in allowing five runs over 4 2/3 innings.

Once again, the opening frame wasn't friendly to Marquez. Teams are hitting a combined .389 with three homers in the first over his eight starts. The Brewers went 2 for 4 to begin the game with two walks as Marquez threw 21 pitches.

''He didn't feel comfortable the whole night,'' Black said.

Marquez slipped several times on the mound during his delivery. The grounds crew went out and tamped it down.

''It was real slick,'' Black said. ''I wanted to make sure the mound was fine for him.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: Counsell said RHP Jimmy Nelson continues to throw on flat ground as he works his way back from shoulder surgery in September.

FROM BOOS TO CHEERS

Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond was booed by fans Wednesday for striking out four times. He was cheered in the fifth after he tripled and then jogged home when Orlando Arcia threw the ball into the dugout.

Desmond fanned to end the game and his average is at .178.

''He's been through these ups and downs,'' Arenado said. ''Ian is going to be just fine.''

SHOWING SIGNS

Third baseman Travis Shaw collected a double and two singles. He entered the game in a 5-for-50 slump.

''I'm working through some stuff in my swing right now and today was a decent step,'' said Shaw, whose team began a 10-game trip on the right note. ''Still some work to do.''

UP NEXT

Under the header ''Tomorrow's Starter'' in the team notes, the Brewers put a simple message: ''We just don't know yet ... sorry.'' Counsell later revealed it would be right-hander Brandon Woodruff (1-0, 3.86 ERA) taking the mound Friday. The Rockies will go with right-hander Chad Bettis (4-1, 2.05).

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  • HR: MIL - L. Cain (5), COL - T. Story (8)
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. LeMahieu 2B40200020.296.367.496.8631.0
    C. Blackmon CF30000111.274.384.565.9480.5
    N. Arenado 3B20000212.316.417.5981.0161.5
    D. Dahl RF40100031.300.340.480.820-0.5
    T. Story SS31111110.222.321.474.7956.5
    G. Parra LF40000013.250.310.337.646-0.5
    I. Desmond 1B41100010.178.219.372.5913.5
    T. Wolters C30000010.137.274.196.470-0.5
    G. Marquez P10000000.308.308.308.6150.0
    M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- D. Castro PH10000000.143.143.143.2860.0
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    • a-popped out for Dunn in the 5th
    • b-fouled out for Musgrave in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Shaw (10), J. Aguilar (5)
    • HR - L. Cain (5)
    • SF - M. Pina
    • RBI - L. Cain 2 (12), H. Perez 2 (8), M. Pina (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - L. Cain (3)
    BATTING
    • 3B - I. Desmond
    • HR - T. Story (8)
    • RBI - T. Story (24)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - L. Cain (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Aguilar; Shaw-Pina-Aguilar)
    • E - O. Arcia (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (LeMahieu-Story-Desmond; Marquez-Desmond-Arenado; Wolters-Story)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Chacin (W, 3-1)5.14222514.001.4416.5
    B. Logan0.01000000.000.00-1.0
    M. Albers (H, 5)1.20001101.021.022.5
    C. Knebel (H, 1)1.00001207.711.073.0
    J. Jeffress (S, 3)1.00000300.430.6711.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Chacin (W, 3-1)5.1
    B. Logan0.0
    M. Albers (H, 5)1.2
    C. Knebel (H, 1)1.0
    J. Jeffress (S, 3)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Marquez (L, 2-4)4.212553315.351.68-11.5
    M. Dunn0.100001010.002.220.5
    H. Musgrave2.00001000.000.755.0
    B. Shaw1.00001205.711.673.0
    J. McGee1.00000005.271.023.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Marquez (L, 2-4)4.2
    M. Dunn0.1
    H. Musgrave2.0
    B. Shaw1.0
    J. McGee1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 74-49, B. Logan 5-4, M. Albers 17-9, C. Knebel 15-8, J. Jeffress 14-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 5-5, M. Albers 1-2, C. Knebel 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 21, B. Logan, M. Albers 5, C. Knebel 4, J. Jeffress 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - G. Marquez (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 94-59, M. Dunn 6-3, H. Musgrave 23-14, B. Shaw 17-8, J. McGee 11-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 5-4, H. Musgrave 2-4, J. McGee 3-0
    • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 28, M. Dunn, H. Musgrave 7, B. Shaw 3, J. McGee 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    C. Yelich RF-LF40100125.297.368.446.8141.0
    R. Braun LF50000012.233.272.431.703-0.5
    C. Knebel P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Jeffress P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    T. Shaw 3B52300000.237.318.467.7856.0
    J. Aguilar 1B21100200.354.423.523.9466.0
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    O. Arcia SS40100012.213.248.296.5440.5
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    B. Logan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Saladino 2B10000000.222.222.333.5560.0
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      D. LeMahieu 2B40200020.296.367.496.8631.0
      C. Blackmon CF30000111.274.384.565.9480.5
      N. Arenado 3B20000212.316.417.5981.0161.5
      D. Dahl RF40100031.300.340.480.820-0.5
      T. Story SS31111110.222.321.474.7956.5
      G. Parra LF40000013.250.310.337.646-0.5
      I. Desmond 1B41100010.178.219.372.5913.5
      T. Wolters C30000010.137.274.196.470-0.5
      G. Marquez P10000000.308.308.308.6150.0
      M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      a- D. Castro PH10000000.143.143.143.2860.0
      H. Musgrave P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      b- N. Cuevas PH10000000.345.387.345.7320.0
      B. Shaw P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      • a-popped out for Dunn in the 5th
      • b-fouled out for Musgrave in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Shaw (10), J. Aguilar (5)
      • HR - L. Cain (5)
      • SF - M. Pina
      • RBI - L. Cain 2 (12), H. Perez 2 (8), M. Pina (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Cain (3)
      BATTING
      • 3B - I. Desmond
      • HR - T. Story (8)
      • RBI - T. Story (24)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - L. Cain (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Aguilar; Shaw-Pina-Aguilar)
      • E - O. Arcia (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (LeMahieu-Story-Desmond; Marquez-Desmond-Arenado; Wolters-Story)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Chacin (W, 3-1)5.14222514.001.4416.5
      B. Logan0.01000000.000.00-1.0
      M. Albers (H, 5)1.20001101.021.022.5
      C. Knebel (H, 1)1.00001207.711.073.0
      J. Jeffress (S, 3)1.00000300.430.6711.5
      Total9.05224111---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Chacin (W, 3-1)5.1
      B. Logan0.0
      M. Albers (H, 5)1.2
      C. Knebel (H, 1)1.0
      J. Jeffress (S, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Marquez (L, 2-4)4.212553315.351.68-11.5
      M. Dunn0.100001010.002.220.5
      H. Musgrave2.00001000.000.755.0
      B. Shaw1.00001205.711.673.0
      J. McGee1.00000005.271.023.0
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      PITCHERSIP
      G. Marquez (L, 2-4)4.2
      M. Dunn0.1
      H. Musgrave2.0
      B. Shaw1.0
      J. McGee1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 74-49, B. Logan 5-4, M. Albers 17-9, C. Knebel 15-8, J. Jeffress 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 5-5, M. Albers 1-2, C. Knebel 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 21, B. Logan, M. Albers 5, C. Knebel 4, J. Jeffress 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - G. Marquez (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 94-59, M. Dunn 6-3, H. Musgrave 23-14, B. Shaw 17-8, J. McGee 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 5-4, H. Musgrave 2-4, J. McGee 3-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 28, M. Dunn, H. Musgrave 7, B. Shaw 3, J. McGee 3
      • 5TH INNING
        Desmond tripled to left center, Desmond scored on shortstop Arcia fielding error52
        Cain singled to right, Perez scored, Chacin to second51
        Perez singled to center, Shaw and Aguilar scored41
      • 3RD INNING
        Pina hit sacrifice fly to right, Shaw scored21
      • 2ND INNING
        Story homered to left11
      • 1ST INNING
        Cain homered to center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jake McGee relieved Bryan Shaw
        • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Shaw grounded out to first
        • J. Aguilar: Ball, Aguilar grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Phillips grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Corey Knebel
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Bryan Shaw pitching
        • L. Cain: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cain walked
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging, Cain caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • R. Braun: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Corey Knebel pitching
        • Brett Phillips in right
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
        • C. Blackmon: Blackmon grounded out to second
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
        • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • H. Musgrave Pitching:
        • M. Pina: Pina grounded out to shortstop
        • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Arcia lined out to center
        • T. Saladino: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Saladino lined out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Albers Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Desmond lined out to second
        • T. Wolters: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Wolters struck out on foul tip
        • Noel Cuevas hit for Harrison Musgrave
        • N. Cuevas: Cuevas fouled out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Harrison Musgrave pitching
        • R. Braun: Braun lined out to left
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Shaw popped out to third
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Aguilar walked
        • H. Perez: Strike looking, Perez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Aguilar out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chacin Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
        • Boone Logan relieved Jhoulys Chacin
        • D. Dahl: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Dahl singled to right, Arenado to second
        • Tyler Saladino at second
        • Matt Albers pitching
        • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Story walked, Arenado to third, Dahl to second
        • G. Parra: Foul, Ball, Parra grounded into double play third to catcher to first, Arenado out at home
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • T. Shaw: Strike swinging, Shaw singled to right
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Aguilar doubled to left, Shaw to third
        • H. Perez: Perez singled to center, Shaw and Aguilar scored
        • M. Pina: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pina grounded out to first, Perez to second
        • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
        • J. Chacin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chacin reached on an infield single to shortstop, Perez to third
        • L. Cain: Cain singled to right, Perez scored, Chacin to second
        • Mike Dunn relieved German Marquez
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chacin Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond tripled to left center, Desmond scored on shortstop Arcia fielding error
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters grounded out to second
        • Daniel Castro hit for Mike Dunn
        • D. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Castro popped out to shortstop
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cain grounded out to third
        • C. Yelich: Yelich reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • R. Braun: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Braun grounded into double play pitcher to first to third, Yelich out at third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chacin Pitching:
        • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
        • T. Story: Story lined out to left
        • G. Parra: Foul, Ball, Parra grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Braun lined out to right
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Shaw singled to center
        • J. Aguilar: Ball, Aguilar hit by pitch, Shaw to second
        • H. Perez: Ball, Perez singled to left, Shaw to third, Aguilar to second
        • M. Pina: Pina hit sacrifice fly to right, Shaw scored
        • O. Arcia: Ball, Arcia singled to shallow center, Aguilar to third, Perez to second
        • J. Chacin: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Chacin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chacin Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wolters grounded out to second
        • G. Marquez: Ball, Marquez lined out to shortstop
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to center
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Blackmon walked, LeMahieu to second
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • M. Pina: Ball, Pina singled to right center
        • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Arcia reached on fielder's choice to third, Pina out at second
        • J. Chacin: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul tip, Chacin struck out on foul tip
        • L. Cain: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cain walked, Arcia to second
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chacin Pitching:
        • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
        • T. Story: Strike swinging, Ball, Story homered to left
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Parra lined out to pitcher
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Cain homered to center
        • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Yelich walked
        • R. Braun: Braun grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Yelich out at second
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Foul, Shaw doubled to right
        • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Aguilar walked
        • H. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Perez popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chacin Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu singled to right
        • C. Blackmon: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Blackmon lined into double play first, LeMahieu out at first
        • N. Arenado: Arenado fouled out to first
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)