Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Dexter Fowler went 2-for-3 and drove in the only run of the game in the eighth inning, as Colorado edged Arizona, 1-0, to avoid a three-game sweep at Chase Field.
Jhoulys Chacin (6-9) was sensational on the mound for the Rockies, giving up just three hits and a walk while striking out nine in 7 2/3 innings.
“If [Chacin] commands his fastball like he did today, you’re in trouble. That’s how good his stuff is,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
Joe Beimel recorded the final out of the eighth, and Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth to put an end to Colorado’s three-game slide.
Aaron Heilman (4-5) took the loss behind Daniel Hudson, who did not factor in the decision despite allowing a mere four hits and two walks in seven scoreless frames. Arizona, which did not have a runner advance past first, had lost four straight before this set.
Offense was tough to come by for both teams throughout the game. As a result, the Rockies used their speed to break a scoreless tie in the eighth.
Eric Young Jr. singled with one out and promptly stole second. Fowler then smacked a comebacker that hit off the mound and bounced into center, scoring Young without a play at the plate.
The Rockies left the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, but Street, who blew a two-run lead on Friday, set down Arizona’s 2-3-4 hitters in order to notch his 10th save of the season.
“[Chacin] had his stuff, and when we hit it hard we hit it right at someone,” said Arizona first baseman Adam LaRoche, who went 1-for-3.
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was back in the starting lineup for the first time since injuring his knee on Wednesday…Hudson also struck out nine…This was Colorado’s third 1-0 win this season. It was also the third time Arizona has lost by a 1-0 score…Arizona was trying for its first home sweep of the Rockies since September 26-28, 2008.