Rockies 9, Arizona 4: Chacin squares one off in home run derby

Dustin Bradford

Although Chacin struggled on the mound, his offense broke Arizona's early lead on the game. The offense scored seven off of four total home runs to take the win in tonight's game.

Jhoulys was one of four Rockies who hit a ball over the fence on the way to a 9-4 victory over the Diamondbacks.  Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, and Troy Tulowitzki were the others.

Chacin did not have his best performance tonight, but he managed to control the damage and earn his 14th win of the year.  He struggled with control and command and allowed six hits including one home run and five walks, although he allowed only two runs in his six innings of work.  His outing was punctuated by several coach visits to the mound, and he faced a bases loaded situation in the sixth.  With two outs, he was spared any damage by Todd Helton's defense, as Helton snagged a line drive ball to end the inning.

After falling behind early, Chacin tied the game in the third inning when his home run brought Charlie Culberson home.  Then, after the tense top of the sixth inning, Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson belted two home runs to right and chased reliever Tony Sipp from the game before he was able to record a single out.  The momentum-changing sixth inning also included three singles from Josh Rutledge, Jordan Pacheco, and Charlie Culberson, as well as Helton's 19th double of the season and the 589th of his major league career.  That gave the Rockies a 6-2 lead.

After Paul Goldschmidt hit his National League leading 35th home run of the season in the top of the seventh to pull the snakes back within three, Tulo responded in the bottom of the inning with his second home run to deep center field in as many days and effectively put the game out of reach.

Tomorrow, the Diamondbacks and Rockies will face off for game two as Collin McHugh takes the mound for the Rockies.

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