Aces combine for 15 scoreless innings

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kevin Brown and Shawn Chacon were supposed to be teammates on the NL All-Star team -- until injuries landed both pitchers on the disabled list.

They were opponents Thursday, and each demonstrated what he is capable of when healthy.

Brown pitched eight scoreless innings for Los Angeles, and Colorado's Chacon blanked the Dodgers for seven. Both were long gone when Shawn Green's RBI single in the 11th gave the Dodgers a 1-0 victory and a split of the four-game series.

"Coming into this game, you knew not too many runs were going to be scored off of Kevin Brown," Chacon said. "I mean, he put up eight zeros against us. So I kind of had a mind-set today that I needed to shut them out, go deep into the game and keep us right there."

Brown, who lost his fourth straight start Saturday after missing two turns because of a lower abdominal strain, allowed three singles and lowered his ERA to a major league-leading 2.12.

But Chacon, who sat out the first half of July with inflammation in his elbow, was just as tough in his second start off the disabled list, preventing Brown from ending his losing streak.

"That guy can pitch," Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca said of Chacon. "He didn't make the All-Star team for nothing. So you knew early on that runs were going to be tough for us to come by."

The Dodgers finally broke through in the 11th against Javier Lopez (2-1). Alex Cora led off with a single and was bunted to second by Jolbert Cabrera. Green then drove Cora in with a liner to center on a 2-1 pitch.

"It felt great. It was definitely needed today -- not only for the team but for myself," said Green, whose 50 RBI are the most on a team that has scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. "It's been a long time coming, but I'm starting to have better at-bats."

The hit made a winner of Paul Shuey (4-2), who was credited with one-third of an inning after Todd Helton was thrown out at second by Lo Duca on a pitch in the dirt.

Brown had a chance to be the winning pitcher after Rickey Henderson batted for him in the eighth, singled with one out and advanced on a balk by Brian Fuentes. But Cora struck out and center fielder Jay Payton ran down Cabrera's extra-base bid on the warning track with his back to the plate.

Chacon allowed three singles, struck out six, walked none and hit two batters. The last time Chacon faced the Dodgers was May 28 at Coors Field, when he pitched eight scoreless innings.

"It was pretty much a carbon copy," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "He got after them real well and was very aggressive. He's making his own statements this year. He's painting his own picture."

Bobby Estalella led off the Colorado fifth with a grounder behind third base that Adrian Beltre missed on a backhand attempt for a two-base error, but Brown retired the next three batters.

Chacon retired his first 11 batters before Green lined a single to right with two outs in the fourth. Lo Duca was hit in the back with a 1-2 pitch, but Chacon struck out Jeromy Burnitz.

"He used to throw a lot of cutters, but now he throws more sinkers," Green said. "He's just a smart pitcher. He gets his curveball over and mixes in some changeups. He's aggressive, and he throws strikes with all three pitches."

Shortstop Juan Uribe tried to get cute on a popup by Cabrera with a runner at first in the sixth inning -- deliberately letting the ball drop in front of him in an attempt to start a double play. But second-base ump Bruce Froemming ruled it an out.

Game notes
The Dodgers have scored nine runs during Brown's five-game winless streak. His longest drought in the majors was in 1995, when he went 0-6 in a span of 12 starts with Baltimore. ... Estalella started in place of C Charles Johnson, who is 1-for-19 lifetime against Brown with no RBI. Johnson, who took over behind the plate in the 10th, caught Brown for two seasons with the Florida Marlins
in 1996 and in 1997 -- the year the Marlins won the World Series. ... NL RBI leader Preston Wilson, 3-for-22 lifetime against Brown, also did not start. He pinch-hit in the 11th and struck out. ... The Dodgers reached the 2 million mark in home attendance for the 31st straight season.