Chacon became the NL's first 11-game winner as the Colorado
Rockies beat San Diego 5-1 on Monday night, his second win in five
days against the Padres.
Chacon (11-3) held the Padres to four hits in seven innings to
win his third straight start and seven of eight. He tied his
season-high with eight strikeouts and walked one in beating the
Rockies' NL West rivals for the third time in as many starts this
Chacon has pitched 20 2-3 innings against San Diego this year,
holding the Padres to three runs on 13 hits while striking out 18
and walking five. His ERA in those three starts is 1.31.
"Tonight I had all four pitches working so I think it does work
to a certain point to your advantage," Chacon said. "They're a
good ballclub and I think it's a team we can beat and we should
beat, and hopefully we'll win this series."
Chacon, who was 5-11 with a 5.73 ERA last year, had command of
his fastball, changeup, curveball and slider.
"Anytime there's a pitcher out there with command of four
pitches and he's hitting his spots, it's a tough night to hit,"
manager Clint Hurdle said.
Chacon held the heart of the Padres' order hitless until Ryan
Klesko drove his first pitch of the seventh over the 405 sign in
center field for his 15th homer.
Chacon beat the Padres 5-3 on Wednesday night at Coors Field.
San Diego's Kevin Jarvis (0-2) lost both games.
"Chacon has our number," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We
just can't figure him out. He's having a heck of a season, and he
continued that tonight."
San Diego's Gary Bennett, who caught Chacon with the Rockies for
parts of the previous two seasons, said the right-hander has more
confidence this year.
"Last year he could come out and throw a gem, then come out the
next game and be inconsistent," Bennett said. "This year, he's
trusting his stuff more and he's consistently hitting his
Jarvis fell behind 2-0 after facing six batters. Juan Uribe hit
a leadoff double and Todd Helton was intentionally walked with one
out. That backfired when Jarvis walked Preston Wilson to load the
bases. Stynes hit a two-run single to left with two outs.
With one out in the sixth, Walker reached the seats in
right-center with his seventh homer. Charles Johnson added a
sacrifice fly to make it 4-0, and Wilson had an RBI single in the
Jarvis allowed four runs and six hits in six innings, struck out
six and walked four.
The Rockies turned a 1-5-3 double play to end the eighth. Mark
Kotsay's liner hit reliever Nelson Cruz on the right hip and
caromed to third baseman Stynes, who doubled off Gary Matthews Jr.
Chacon joins Toronto's Roy Halladay as the only 11-game
winners in the majors. ... Klesko's homer was his 100th with the
Padres. ... Chacon set the Rockies' record for wins before the
All-Star break. He had been tied with Kevin Ritz, who was 10-5
during the first half of 1996. ... Padres slugger Phil Nevin took
batting practice on Monday for the first time since dislocating his
left shoulder diving for a fly ball in left field on March 7 during
a spring training game. When he was hurt, it was thought that Nevin
might miss the whole season, but the team's medical staff never
ruled him out, and his rehab has gone well. Nevin thinks he might
return to action around Aug. 15. "I felt great," Nevin said. ...
3B Sean Burroughs missed his second straight start with a groin
injury. He pinch-hit for reliever Luther Hackman in the eighth.