Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Colorado leads 2-0 (as of 5/28)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 27
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Colorado7
Game 2: Wednesday, May 28
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Game 3: Thursday, May 29
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Dodgers 0

(30-22, 14-13 away)

Rockies 6

(26-27, 20-8 home)

    9:05 PM ET, May 28, 2003

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: S. Chacon (7-2)

    L: D. Dreifort (4-4)

    Rockies hand Dodgers second straight loss

    DENVER (AP) -- Breaking balls aren't supposed to bend in Denver's thin air, but don't tell that to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Shawn Chacon, making liberal use of his curveball, pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and hit a two-run single as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Dodgers 6-0 Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

    Colorado, beating Los Angeles for the second straight game after the Dodgers came to Coors Field with a 10-game winning streak, got a two-run homer from Mark Sweeney.

    Chacon (7-2) allowed only two singles to Paul Lo Duca and struck out seven in setting a career high for wins in a season. He walked one.

    "My curveball, which I don't think I've had for the better part of the year, I threw well tonight,'' Chacon said.

    "I'm just aggressive. I think a lot of guys fall into the trap where they try to nibble and they think that they have to make every pitch perfect here or it's going to get hit out of the yard. I'm not afraid to throw my breaking ball. I think the biggest thing is just attacking the strike zone down in the zone and throwing all of your pitches.''

    Chacon retired the first 10 batters before Lo Duca singled with one out in the fourth.

    Lo Duca also singled in the sixth. Shawn Green then walked, but Chacon got Fred McGriff on a groundout.

    Vic Darensbourg allowed two hits in the ninth to finish the 23rd shutout at Coors Field in nine seasons and the third this season -- all by the Rockies and all started by Chacon.

    "Chac pitched very well,'' Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He was focused and finished off his pitches, and he got a big hit. He showed off a little bit tonight.''

    Colorado chased Darren Dreifort (4-4) with six runs in the first three innings.

    Dodgers outfielder Brian Jordan left the game after being hit by a pitch on his left hand in the fifth. X-rays were negative.

    "Right now they're calling it a very deep bone bruise,'' manager Jim Tracy said. "All indications are that there is no fracture. The Rockies' orthopedic doctor will look at him in the morning.''

    Tracy said his team "dug a hole for ourselves and offensively did not nearly enough to get ourselves out of it. It's a very difficult thing to win in Coors Field with four hits, all of them singles.

    "Darren's knee was a little bit sore, and it was difficult for him to get down and finish his pitches. He threw 95 (mph) but he was up in the strike zone. At Coors Field that isn't going to work very well.''

    Green said Chacon was "sneaky fast, had command of his pitches and mixed it up pretty well. He threw a lot of breaking balls. You can't pitch much better at Coors Field.

    "You don't expected to be shut out at Coors Field. It's frustrating. You have to put runs on the board here.''

    The Rockies, sending nine men to the plate in the first inning for the second straight game, got a two-run homer from Sweeney, his first, and took a 3-0 lead.

    Ronnie Belliard led off with a double and scored on Sweeney's homer to right-center. The Rockies loaded the bases on a single and two walks, and Greg Norton drew another walk, forcing in the third run.

    In the second, Sweeney walked and Preston Wilson doubled. Larry Walker singled sharply to right, scoring Sweeney, but right fielder Green threw out Wilson at the plate.

    Chacon's two-run single made it 6-0 in the third. Jose Hernandez led off the inning with a single, and Norton was awarded a double on a grounder over second base when shortstop Cesar Izturis and second baseman Alex Cora ran together, deflecting the ball into short right field. Chacon then singled past a diving Izturis.

    Todd Helton, leading off the Rockies' fourth against Steve Colyer, reached third when center fielder Jordan dropped what should have been a routine catch at the wall. But Colyer worked out of the jam, striking out two.

    Game notes


    Chacon improved to 6-0 with a 2.61 ERA at Coors Field this season. The Rockies are 8-0 in the home games that Chacon has started. ... The Dodgers claimed OF Shane Victorino off waivers from San Diego. Victorino will be assigned to Jacksonville, their Double-A affiliate. ... OF Dave Roberts, on the DL since May 17 with a strained right hamstring, took batting practice and worked out with the team before the game. He then departed for Las Vegas, where he will play in rehab games Thursday and Friday. He is expected to be activated Sunday.

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