Milwaukee (49-45) at Colorado (45-48)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Sat Jul 16, 2011
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Jhoulys Chacin(notes) has been frustrated by the lack of run support he’s received lately.

The way his Colorado Rockies teammates have been hitting in Denver this month, the right-hander could feel much different following his next outing.

Making his first start at Coors Field in more than a month, Chacin will try to help the Rockies with their third straight over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Chacin (8-7, 3.16 ERA) has a lofty 4.71 run-support average, but the Rockies (45-48) have scored six total runs while he’s lost his last three starts. Chacin retired the first 11 batters and threw seven innings of one-run ball Sunday, but Colorado had six hits in the 2-0 loss at Washington.

“It’s very frustrating, but you can’t control what you can’t control,” Chacin, who walked one after giving up 15 free passes in his previous three starts, told the Rockies’ official website. “We need to score runs to win. That’s part of the game. I’m happy with what I did. I bounced back from the last two starts when I didn’t feel good.”

Chacin, whose last start in Denver was June 15, will have a good chance to match a career high in victories set in 2010 if the Rockies can continue to produce against the Brewers.

After hitting .192 and scoring 13 total runs during a 2-5 trip heading into the All-Star break, the Rockies are batting .392 while winning the first two of this four-game set by a combined 16-3 margin.

Colorado, hitting .365 and averaging 8.4 runs in five games at Coors Field in July, has won 15 of 18 at home against Milwaukee following Friday’s 4-0 victory.

The Brewers (49-45) have lost 12 of 15 away from Miller Park and are a league-worst 16-31 on the road.

“We’re kind of in that rut where we’re trying to see what it takes to win on the road,” starter Chris Narveson(notes) said Friday after giving up three runs in six innings. “Once we find it we’ll be fine.”

However, giving the ball to Zack Greinke(notes) (7-3, 5.45) on Saturday is no guarantee that the Brewers’ road woes will end. Milwaukee has won all seven games the 2009 AL Cy Young winner has started at home, but the club is 2-4 when he takes the ball on the road.

Greinke, 2-3 with a 7.42 ERA away from Miller Park, will make his second career appearance and first start at Coors Field. He yielded four runs over six innings with nine strikeouts in a 7-6, 14-inning home win over the Rockies on May 20.

Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez(notes), 2 for 3 with a double off Greinke, is questionable after being out of the starting lineup for the fourth consecutive game Friday with a bruised right wrist. If he can’t go, Dexter Fowler(notes) could be in the leadoff spot.

Called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier Friday, Fowler went 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs.

After going 0 for 3 and having his career-high 23-game hitting streak snapped Friday, Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun(notes) will look to start another one in his first career matchup with Chacin.

Braun is batting .382 (39 for 102) while hitting safely in 24 of 25 versus Colorado.

Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki(notes) is 4 for 8 with four doubles and two RBIs in the series.

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Z. Greinke LAD vs. J. Chacin Col
16-6 Record 11-14
3.83 ERA 3.62
201 K 150
45 BB 87
1.20 WHIP 1.31


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