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

"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

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

"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.