The right-hander will look to pick up victory No. 1 for the Yankees as they try to complete a four-game sweep of the road-weary Texas Rangers.
Chacon, acquired from Colorado prior to the July 31 trade deadline, has allowed three earned runs and 16 hits over 20 innings in four appearances for New York. But the right-hander has an 0-1 record to show for his first three starts, and Friday’s spot relief appearance.
He allowed one run and three hits over seven innings against the major league-leading Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, but absorbed a tough 2-1 loss as the Yankees failed to score until Alex Rodriguez’s leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Chacon stepped up in a relief role on Friday, tossing a scoreless inning to help New York preserve a 6-5 victory over the Rangers. The Rockies’ former closer didn’t mind getting some work in on his throw day, especially since he maintained a one-run lead in the eighth.
“I felt like I was an emergency. I didn’t think I was going to get in,” he said. “I kind of had some flashbacks.”
Right-hander Aaron Small, another of New York’s spot starters, earned the win in Saturday’s 7-5, 11-inning victory, pitching a scoreless 11th before Bernie Williams ended the game with a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the inning.
Small’s fourth straight win and Williams’ blast bailed out closer Mariano Rivera, who blew his first save chance in 32 opportunities by allowing two runs in the top of the ninth.
“I felt great for (Rivera),” Williams said. “It was great for us to pick him up.”
Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield homered for New York, which climbed 11 games above .500 for the first time this year.
Kevin Mench had a two-run homer in the seventh inning and a tying two-run single off Rivera in the ninth for the Rangers, who fell to 0-6 on their 13-game road trip. Texas has lost six straight overall for the first time since an eight-game skid in June 2003. They have dropped seven in a row on the road, including the first three of this series by a combined four runs.
“It’s very disappointing,” losing pitcher Kameron Loe said. “We’re battling and barely coming up short. We’ve still got to go out there tomorrow and grind.”