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.