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Chacon and Schmidt face off in the Bay Area

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San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Two of the best pitchers in the National League face off this afternoon when and the Colorado play the third installment of their four-game set against and the San Francisco at Pac Bell Park. Chacon, who will be making his first start since being placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis, is 11-4 on the year and was leading the league in wins when he was shelved following his last appearance on June 29. In that contest the 25-year-old righthander was pounded for six runs on six hits in just four innings in a 9-0 loss to the Pittsburgh . The setback was Chacon's first in four starts and raised his earned run average from 3.91 to 4.27. Chacon has faced the twice this season and has recorded wins in both of those starts. In his most recent outing against the team, Chacon gave up just one run on six hits in seven innings back on June 2. For his career he is 5-2 against the with a 4.36 ERA in seven starts. Toeing the rubber for San Francisco will be All-Star starter , who has won four of his last five starts. The 30-year-old righthander, who tossed two scoreless frames in the NL's loss on Tuesday, is 9-4 on the year with a sparkling 2.37 ERA and is coming off a win in his last outing heading into the break. Against the Arizona on July 11, Schmidt yielded three runs on seven hits over eight innings in his team's 10-7 victory. Schmidt was on the losing end of a June 2 decision to the , despite a brilliant effort. In that contest the Lewiston, IN native surrendered two runs on seven hits over seven innings, but was outdueled by Chacon in the 4-1 loss. For his career he is 6-2 against Colorado in 12 games, 11 starts, with a 4.26 ERA. He has thrown an NL-best five complete games this season and has also held opponents to a league low .200 clip. On Friday, hit a three-run triple in a five-run sixth inning, as the shut out the , 7-0. homered for San Francisco and finished 3-for-4 with a run scored, as the won for the fourth time in five games. was the only Colorado player to record as many as two hits, as the team combined for just five, and fell for the third consecutive game after winning four straight. It was the third time the have been blanked this season and the second time that it has happened in the Bay Area. (6-2) was brilliant in his third start for the , giving up just three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over six shutout innings, and won for the fourth time in five decisions. , and collaborated to pitch the final three innings for the , giving up two hits and a walk while fanning five. Lefthander (7-6) was saddled with the loss for Colorado, snapping a personal four-game winning streak. He didn't strike out a batter over five-plus innings, and allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk. Colorado lost its fifth straight road game to fall to an NL-worst 15-33 away from Coors Field. It is just 1-5 at Pac Bell this season. extended his hitting streak to 12 games on Friday by going 1- for-3 at the plate with a double. Helton has hit safely in 29 of his last 30 games. Colorado is 6-6 against the this season, including sweeping a two-game set at Coors Field last week. However, San Francisco is 22-9 at home versus Colorado since the start of the 2000 campaign.

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