DENVER (CBS / AP) — Jhoulys Chacin did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the seventh inning and hustled for a crucial RBI to help the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Wednesday night.
Vying for the second no-hitter in franchise history and second ever at Coors Field, Chacin (13-7) tied a season high with nine strikeouts. Brandon Crawford’s single to center field was the only hit Chacin allowed in seven innings. He also yielded an unearned run.
The crowd of 27,268 gave Chacin a standing ovation after Crawford’s hit.
Troy Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario had two hits each for Colorado, which built a 5-1 lead through six innings.
Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (11-9) was effective until the sixth. He allowed just three hits—including Nolan Arenado’s RBI double in the second before Colorado tagged him in the sixth.
DJ LeMahieu led off the inning with a single, Tulowitzki walked and Rosario hit a bloop single to center to make it 2-1.
Jean Machi entered and got Arenado to hit a comebacker, but Crawford dropped the throw to second to load the bases. Yorvit Torrealba’s ground-rule double made it 4-1, and after an intentional walk Chacin beat out a potential double-play ball at first for another run.
The Giants nearly left Chacin with a no-decision when they rallied for three runs in the eighth. Brandon Belt hit an RBI double, Buster Posey drove in another run with a groundout and Pence singled to make it 5-4.
Rex Brothers worked the ninth for his 14th save.
While Chacin was baffling the Giants, the defense behind him was suspect.
Rosario, starting at first base for the third time this season, mishandled two straight grounders to start the third. Chacin got Bumgarner to pop up a bunt attempt, struck out Gregor Blanco and got Marco Scutaro to ground out to end the inning.
The Giants capitalized in the fourth. Belt walked and went to third when Tulowitzki fumbled Posey’s potential double-play grounder.
Pence hit into a double play to score Belt and make it 1-all.
NOTES: It’s the deepest a Colorado pitcher has taken a no-hitter at Coors Field. John Thomson didn’t allow a hit for 6 1-3 innings against Pittsburgh on May 2, 2002. … Ubaldo Jimenez pitched Colorado’s only no-hitter, on April 17, 2010, in Atlanta. Hideo Nomo has the only no-hitter at Coors Field on Sept. 17, 1996, while with the Los Angeles Dodgers. … Giants OF Andres Torres had surgery to remove bone spurs in his left Achilles. Carolina Panthers orthopedist Dr. Robert Anderson performed the surgery. Torres is expected to be sidelined for six months. … Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (left knee bruise) was out of the lineup for the second straight day. Manager Walt Weiss said he could be sidelined for part or all of the weekend series against Cincinnati. … Colorado OF Carlos Gonzalez (sprained right middle finger) has begun taking batting practice and could go on a rehab assignment as soon as this weekend. … Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (elbow inflammation) threw 75 pitches in a rehab start in Triple-A on Tuesday. He is on schedule to be activated to start Sunday.
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