Zeile homers for third straight game


DENVER (AP) -- Shawn Chacon couldn't remember his last victory.
It may take a while to forget his latest.

Chacon allowed one earned run in 6 1/3 innings, and Todd Zeile
homered for the third straight game Wednesday to lead the Colorado Rockies over the Houston Astros 4-1.

Chacon (1-1) bounced back from a tough start against Los Angeles
on Friday, allowing five hits, striking out five and hitting two

"I don't remember the last time I won, but it feels good,"
said Chacon, who had lost six straight decisions since defeating
San Francisco last July 24. "Hopefully this will get the ball
rolling and keep it rolling."

Zeile was 2-for-4 and hit his third homer of the season in the
eighth inning, a two-run shot to right-center off Octavio Dotel.

Colorado's Larry Walker had two hits, including his third homer
of the season, and drove in two runs.

Dave Mlicki (0-2), starting against Colorado for the first time
since June 19, 1998, allowed two runs and eight hits in six

"You come out of a 2-1 game, you've done your job," Houston
manager Jimy Williams said. "Other than the home run to Walker he
was solid. He gave us a chance."

Chacon had much better control than he did in the 9-0 loss to
the Dodgers, when he allowed eight runs and walked five in 3 2/3
innings. He kept the ball down and didn't allow a runner past
second base until Richard Hidalgo led off the seventh inning with a
homer to left-center.

"He had much better command today," Colorado manager Buddy
Bell said. "A lot of times with younger players, they get a little
anxious and their mechanics get a little fast on them. I thought he
was very much in control of his mechanics and certainly of his

Hidalgo's second homer of the season pulled the Astros to 2-1.

Chacon left in the seventh with one out and runners on first and
second, but Kent Mercker got a forceout at second and Craig Biggio
hit an inning-ending lineout off Todd Jones.

Jose Jimenez pitched the ninth for his third save.

Houston had seven hits for the second straight game after
opening the series with 10 Monday.

"Chacon was tough on us," Hidalgo said. "This is a team that
will hit and score runs, but we couldn't today."

Walker sent Mlicki's first pitch of the fourth inning deep into
the second deck in right field. He also drove in a run in the first
inning on a groundout after Juan Uribe tripled to center, and had a
bunt single in the eighth.

Walker finished 2-for-4 and has driven in eight runs this

"The Zeile home run was huge because it added two more, but
Walker's home run kind of kept us going when it seemed like we
didn't have the quite momentum we had earlier the game," Bell

Mlicki pitched well enough to win, but was hurt by the long ball
for the second straight start. He gave up a two-run homer to Jim
Edmonds in the sixth inning of a 5-1 loss to St. Louis on Friday.

"I did everything I wanted to do," Mlicki said. "The pitch to
Walker was down and he went down to get it. He hit a changeup down.
I slowed down my delivery and tipped off the pitch."

Houston's Daryle Ward was 2-for-4 and was the only Houston
player with more than one hit.

Game notes
The Rockies are 32-13 against Houston in Denver, their best
home record against any opponent. ... Chacon is 3-for-50 for his
career after leading off the third inning with a single. ...
Houston CF Lance Berkman lost a ball in the sun on Uribe's triple,
but cut off a ball in the gap and threw out Todd Helton at second
in the fourth. ... Biggio is 0-for-8 since hitting for cycle
against Colorado on Monday.