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Chacon gets first home win in three months

7/20/2002

DENVER (AP) -- Shawn Chacon has learned the key to pitching at
Coors Field: just keep your team close.

Todd Hollandsworth and Gary Bennett drove in three runs each, and Chacon got his first home victory in nearly three months as the Colorado Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-5 Friday night.

Chacon (5-6) allowed five runs in 6 2/3 innings, but the Rockies
scored six runs in the fifth inning to help the right-hander earn
his first home victory since April 27 against Philadelphia.

``We have accepted the fact that we are going to give up runs here,'' Chacon said. ``It's not about how many runs we give up here, but keeping the game close and putting us in a position to win. That's what happened tonight.''

Chacon, who missed nearly a month with a strained chest muscle,
won consecutive games for the first time this season. He allowed
three hits in seven innings against San Francisco on Sunday.

Chacon walked two and gave up a leadoff homer to Matt Stairs in Milwaukee's three-run second, but allowed four hits over the next
five innings. He also had his first extra-base hit, a double off
Ruben Quevedo (5-7) in the second inning, and drove in a run in the
fifth.

``That was a good outing in our ballpark,'' said Colorado manager Clint Hurdle, whose team has won four of six after losing four straight. ``It was a big shot in the arm for us.''

The Brewers scored more than three runs for just the second time
in nine games, but still lost their fifth straight. Milwaukee is
1-8 since it was host for the All-Star game.

``We aren't doing much of anything right,'' Milwaukee's Richie
Sexson said. ``If we pitch well, we don't hit that day. Or when we
hit, we don't get good pitching. This is tough.''

Hollandsworth put the Rockies up 5-4 with a two-run single in
the fifth inning after breaking two bats and just missing both foul
lines.

Bennett followed with a three-run triple after center fielder
Jeffrey Hammonds took a step in and couldn't recover. Chacon made
it 9-4 with a single up the middle.

Hollandsworth also led off Colorado's three-run second with a
homer to the third deck in right, his 10th of the season. The
462-foot shot was just the 19th to reach the third deck in Coors
Field history.

Hollandsworth had three hits and is 6-for-8 in three games after
going 1-for-16 the first six games after the All-Star break.

``I need the repetition and coming out of the break I was a
little bit behind. That's the way I felt,'' Hollandsworth said. ``I
am feeling better now and am seeing the ball better.''

Quevedo allowed nine runs and 10 hits in five innings for his
first loss in five starts. It was the first time in four starts
that he gave up more than three earned runs.

Quevedo walked four, including three in the fifth inning, and hit a batter.

``You can't walk that many in one inning and expect to escape,''
Milwaukee manager Jerry Royster said. ``He made a good pitch to
Hollandsworth, but walked three guys and hit another and they all
scored. You just can't walk guys in this ballpark.''

Stairs hit Chacon's first pitch of the second inning to right
for his seventh homer of the season. Robert Machado made it 3-0
with a two-run double after Chacon walked Jose Hernandez and Alex Ochoa.

Colorado tied it in the bottom half on consecutive homers by
Hollandsworth and Juan Uribe, and a single by Juan Pierre. Uribe's
homer was his fourth.

Hernandez made it 4-3 in the fourth with a solo homer, his 18th.

Ochoa led off the seventh with his fifth homer of the season to
pull the Brewers to 9-5.

Colorado relievers Rick White and Justin Speier walked the bases
loaded with one out in the eighth, but Speier struck out Machado
and Ryan Thompson to end the inning. The Rockies walked seven.

Game notes
The Rockies signed C Adam Melhuse to a Triple-A contract.
Melhuse played 40 games for the Rockies in 2001. ... Brewers CF
Alex Sanchez did not play after straining his oblique muscle
against Houston on Thursday night. ... Colorado hit homers in
consecutive at-bats for the fifth time this season. ... Pierre has
driven in a run in a career-high five straight games. ... Milwaukee
has lost four straight at Coors Field.