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DENVER -- Jhouys Chacin held the San Francisco Giants hitless for 6 2/3 innings Wednesday night as the Colorado Rockies won the rubber game of the series 5-4. That is the longest a Rockies pitcher has carried a potential no-hitter into a game at Coors Field.

Brandon Crawford lined a single to center off Chacin to break up the no-hit bid. Chacin then got Roger Kieschnick to foul out to left fielder Charlie Culberson, which was the first out Chacin got on a fly ball.

Chacin pitched seven innings and gave up an unearned run in the fourth when shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made an error to put runners on first and second with no out, and Hunter Pence grounded into a double play.

Chacin reached season highs in strikeouts (9) and pitches (108) as he improved his record to 13-7, extending his career high for victories.

After he left, the Giants offense came to life as they scored three runs in the eighth off Wilton Lopez and Josh Outman.

Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw the only no-hitter at Coors Field on Sept. 17, 1996. Since then, the longest a pitcher has carried a no-hitter into a game was 7 1/3 innings by Matt Cain of the Giants on Sept. 26, 2010.

The previous record for a Rockies pitcher to take a no-hitter into a game was 6 1/3 innings by John Thomson on May 2, 2002, against Pittsburgh.

The Rockies erupted for four runs in the sixth to take a 5-1 lead, aided by the Giants defense.

Closer Rex Brothers, the fifth Rockies pitcher, retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up his 14th save.

Brandon Belt walked to open the fourth and dashed to third on an error by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki as Buster Posey's grounder glanced off his glove. Belt scored to tie the game at 1 when Hunter Pence grounded into a double play.

Madison Bumgarner gave up a run in the second when Wilin Rosario led off with a single and scored on Nolan Arenado's double to deep center. Arenado took third on a ground out but was stranded there as Bumgarner got Charlie Culberson and Jhoulys Chacin to ground out.

Making his fourth career start at first base and third this year, Rosario, the Rockies regular catcher, made a nice catch on Posey's foul pop up in the second. But Rosario had an adventuresome third. He muffed consecutive grounders to open the inning, but Chacin escaped thanks to second baseman DJ LeMahieu.

After Bumgarner popped up a sacrifice attempt and Gregor Blanco struck out, LeMahieu robbed Marco Scutaro of a hit, snaring his grounder with a diving stop to to his left on the outfield grass.

NOTES: Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood threw 71 pitches and allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs on a rehab assignment Tuesday. With the Rockies off Thursday, they are likely to pitch Chatwood on Sunday, skip Jeff Manship, who was scheduled to pitch Friday, and move Jorge De La Rosa up one day to Friday and Juan Nicasio up one day to Saturday when both would pitch on regular rest. ... Rockies manager Walt Weiss said CF Dexter Fowler will be out "a few more days" with soreness on the outside of his left knee and "possibly" would have been a candidate for the disabled list if rosters weren't being expanded Sunday. ... Because they're off Thursday, the Giants are weighing the option of starting Yusmeiro Petit on regular rest Sunday at Arizona and skipping Barry Zito. ... OF Andres Torres had successful surgery to remove bone spurs from near his left Achilles tendon. The surgery was performed in Charlotte, N.C., by Carolina Panthers orthopedist Dr. Robert Anderson. Torres' recovery is estimated at six months.
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