Rockies 3, Giants 0

Tyler Chatwood took a big step in the eyes of his manager. Jim

Tracy would love to see him take one or two more.

”As good as he was, he can be a little better,” Tracy said.

”There were moments when he pounded his fastball early. When he

gets strike one it makes him that much more effective.”

Chatwood combined with three relievers on a three-hitter and the

Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 3-0 Friday

night.

Wilin Rosario doubled twice, threw out two baserunners and

scored a run. Tyler Colvin added two hits and an RBI for

Colorado.

”These are the games that make it fun,” Rockies infielder D.J.

LeMahieu said. ”This is when you feel like a team. The pitchers

are doing their job, the defense goes great and the offense

scratches out some runs.”

The Rockies, swept at home by the Giants a week ago, scored all

their runs off Tim Lincecum. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner

had allowed only two runs in his previous two starts.

San Francisco fell into a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers for

first place in the NL West.

Chatwood (2-2) scattered three hits over five innings in his

second start this season. The right-hander, who began the year in

the bullpen, had two strikeouts and two walks.

”I was erratic last time. This time I was more consistent,”

Chatwood said. ”The defense definitely helped. Usually a leadoff

walk will come back to haunt you but when we threw out the runner

in the fifth when Lincecum struck out, that allowed me to get back

into rhythm.”

It was the third shutout by Rockies pitchers this season and the

second in four games. They beat the Dodgers 2-0 on Monday and

blanked Arizona 4-0 on June 4.

Chatwood, making his second start in six days against the

Giants, kept San Francisco’s bats quiet before Colorado’s bullpen

stymied the Giants over the final four innings.

Adam Ottavino pitched two innings, Matt Belisle worked the

eighth and Rafael Betancourt pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 20th

save.

”Timmy was fine, we just didn’t swing it,” Giants manager

Bruce Bochy said. ”It’s pretty simple. (Lincecum) wasn’t the

problem. Three hits was the problem.”

LeMahieu singled leading off the third, was sacrificed to second

and scored from third on Dexter Fowler’s single to left-center.

Fowler tried to stretch his hit into a double but was thrown out by

center fielder Angel Pagan.

In the fourth, Rosario doubled and scored on Colvin’s RBI single

to make it 2-0.

Chatwood wasn’t overpowering but he was effective.

The Giants got a runner to second in the third and fourth but

failed to advance him.

In the fifth, San Francisco put runners on the corners with one

out but Chatwood worked out of it with some help from his

teammates. Chatwood struck out Lincecum, and Rosario threw out

Brandon Crawford trying to steal second on the same pitch.

Colorado’s defense came up big again in the sixth.

With Melky Cabrera on first following a two-out error by third

baseman Chris Nelson, LeMahieu knocked down Hunter Pence’s sharp

grounder up the middle and scrambled to make a one-handed flip to

shortstop Josh Rutledge covering the bag.

Nelson made up for his gaffe and gave the Rockies some breathing

room with a sacrifice fly in the seventh that knocked in Colvin to

make it 3-0.

Colorado’s pitching did the rest.

Ottavino pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the seventh,

and San Francisco didn’t manage a baserunner the rest of the

way.

Lincecum, who had won his previous two starts, struck out three

and walked two in seven innings.

”I gave them too many good pitches to hit,” he said. ”It was

just a tough day. Losing, getting shut out like that at home, is

tough for us.”

NOTES: Colorado 1B Todd Helton underwent surgery to repair a

torn labrum in his right hip, bringing an end to a disappointing

season. Helton, who turns 39 on Aug. 20, has said he plans to

return for the final season of his two-year contract. … Rockies

SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) is running without pain but isn’t yet

close to playing. Tulowitzki has been on the DL since May 31. …

RHP Matt Cain (10-5) tries to end his four-start winless streak for

the Giants on Saturday. LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-6) pitches for the

Rockies.