Jun 15, 2011 8:51 PM by Lee Douglas
DENVER (AP) - Jhoulys Chacin scattered three hits over six sharp innings and Seth Smith hit a tiebreaking single as part of a five-run sixth, lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.
Chacin (8-4) only made one mistake all afternoon, giving up a solo homer to Rob Johnson, as he lowered his ERA to 2.81. He had seven strikeouts and walked two to pick up his third straight win.
Although Chacin is hardly a household name, the righty is starting to make a case for All-Star consideration. He's among the NL leaders in several categories, including opposing batting average (.196).
Chacin outdueled another up-and-coming young pitcher in Mat Latos (4-8), who threw effectively before running out of steam in the sixth. Latos allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.
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