Rockies 1, Diamondbacks 0

Dexter Fowler earned a victory badge Sunday – a bandage below
the ribs on his left side after his run-in with Chase Field’s dry
grass.

Fowler made a tumbling catch in center field, then hit an RBI
single in the eighth inning that sent Jhoulys Chacin and Colorado
Rockies to a 1-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Fowler ran into the left-center alley and made a sensational
grab that took away an extra-base hit from Adam LaRoche in the
fourth inning. Fowler landed hard and held onto the ball, but was
shaken up for a few moments. A trainer came out to check on
him.

”I’m surprised the grass wasn’t on fire,” Fowler said.

Said Rockies manager Jim Tracy: ”It’s not the first
highlight-reel play we’ve seen him make this year.”

Eric Young singled with one out in the eighth off reliever Aaron
Heilman (4-5) and stole second base before Fowler’s hit.

Chacin (6-9) allowed three hits and a walk in 7 2-3 innings,
striking out nine. It was the longest outing of the 22-year-old
rookie’s major league career.

”What a tremendous game he pitched,” Tracy said. ”Fastball
command, that opens the door for him to use his secondary pitches
when he wants to use them. He commands the fastball like he did,
you’re in big trouble. That’s how good his stuff is.”

Chacin said he was focused on his fastball and then mixing up
his pitches. He also said Fowler’s catch, in such a close game,
fired him up.

”It was a double, maybe a triple,” Chacin said. ”It really
motivated me. I congratulated him and said thanks and good
work.”

The Rockies ended a three-game losing streak and avoided a road
sweep by the Diamondbacks, the last-place team in the NL West.

The Diamondbacks wasted Daniel Hudson’s fourth quality start in
the five he’s made since being traded to Arizona from the Chicago
White Sox on July 30. Hudson shut out the Rockies over seven
innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine.

”Their guy threw the ball well and I was jut trying to match
him step for step, pitch for pitch,” Hudson said. ”I am pitching
as well as I can. I am going out there and putting the team in
positions to win games. That’s really all I can do.”

The Rockies threatened against Hudson in the fourth when Miguel
Olivo singled sharply to center field with runners on first and
second and two out. But Chris Young threw out Troy Tulowitzki at
home plate, catcher John Hester applying the tag.

Huston Street, who blew a save in the first game of the series
Friday, recorded his 10th save of the season with a perfect ninth
inning.

NOTES: OF Carlos Gonzalez returned to the Colorado starting
lineup for the first time since Wednesday and went 0 for 4.
Gonzalez had one pinch-hit at-bat since crashing into a wall and
bruising a knee during Wednesday night’s game at Los Angeles. …
Rockies 1B Todd Helton and Diamondbacks TV analyst Mark Grace
shared a light moment after the fifth inning when the giant
likeness of Grace lost the traditional Diamondbacks Legends race.
Grace held up a dry-erase board sign that read, ”I’m even slower
than Todd Helton,” to which Helton responded with a thumbs-up from
the Colorado dugout.