Colorado (27-30) at San Francisco (35-20)

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  • Game info: 10:15 pm EDT Mon Jun 2, 2003
  • TV: ESPN, FSBA
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Shawn Chacon has established himself as the ace of the Colorado Rockies this season.

The Rockies will likely need another stellar effort from him as they try to avoid getting swept in a four-game series against the San Francisco Giants.

Chacon had perhaps his best outing of the season in Wednesday’s 6-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He allowed just two hits while striking out seven in eight innings.

“I’m just aggressive. I think a lot of guys fall into the trap where they try to nibble and they think that they have to make every pitch perfect here or it’s going to get hit out of the yard,” Chacon said.

“I’m not afraid to throw my breaking ball. I think the biggest thing is just attacking the strike zone down in the zone and throwing all of your pitches.”

Chacon retired the first 10 batters he faced on Wednesday and also came through with a two-run single.

”(Chacon) pitched very well,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “He was focused and finished off his pitches, and he got a big hit. He showed off a little bit tonight.”

Hurdle may need Chacon to show off a little again, as the Rockies will look to avoid being swept in a four-game set for the first time since last Sept. 26-29 against Arizona.

The Giants have outscored the Rockies 12-3 in the first three games of the series.

On Sunday, Kirk Rueter pitched into the eighth inning and Barry Bonds hit a two-run double, powering the Giants to a 4-0 victory. They also ended the Rockies’ streak of 82 straight games without being shut out, which was the longest active streak in the majors.

The Giants have won five straight, while the Rockies continue to struggle away from Coors Field. Colorado has the best home record in the majors at 21-8, but its 6-22 road record is the worst.

“I feel like I’m playing with a Rubik’s Cube,” Hurdle said. “I feel like I’m 10 years old. I just can’t solve it. We still have issues, and every day, they’re different issues. It’s confusing sometimes.”

STANDINGS: Rockies - 3rd place, 9 GB, NL West. Giants - 1st place, NL West.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Chacon (7-2, 3.36 ERA). In nine career games against the Giants, Chacon is 4-2 with a 3.81 ERA.

GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Schmidt (4-1, 2.54 ERA). Schmidt went nine innings on Tuesday, but he did not get the decision in the Giants’ 4-3 extra-inning win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Before leaving the games, he gave up two runs and three hits while striking out six. Schmidt is 6-1 with a 4.43 ERA in 11 career games against the Rockies.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Todd Helton, .332 avg. and 49 runs; Preston Wilson, 12 HRs and 48 RBIs; Wilson and Larry Walker, 5 SBs. Giants - Benito Santiago, .321 avg. and 35 RBIs; Bonds, 13 HRs and 37 runs; Marquis Grissom, 6 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Giants, 4-3.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - SS Jose Hernandez is batting .042 (1-for-24) in his career against Schmidt. … RHP Nelson Cruz, out since May 21 with right shoulder inflammation, will pitch for Triple-A Colorado Springs in Tucson on Tuesday and Thursday. … 2B Ronnie Belliard sprained his right ankle in Sunday’s loss. He left the stadium on crutches. Giants - SS Rich Aurilia is 2-for-17 (.118) in his career against Chacon, but both hits were home runs. … The Giants have won 12 of their 18 series this season. … On Sunday, 1B J.T. Snow hit in the No. 2 slot for the first time since May 7, 2001, and just the sixth time in his career. He went 1-for-2 with two walks.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 6-22 on the road; Giants - 17-10 at home.

INJURIES: Rockies - RHP Nelson Cruz (biceps), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (back), 15-day DL; RHP Denny Stark (side), 60-day DL; INF Pablo Ozuna (knee), 60-day DL; SS Juan Uribe (back), 60-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL. Giants - LHP Jason Christiansen (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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S. Chacon Oak vs. J. Schmidt LAD
11-8 Record 17-5
4.60 ERA 2.34
93 K 208
58 BB 46
1.33 WHIP 0.95