LOS ANGELES -- When the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup is threatening as it has been since early June, it looks like a giant, scary monster, claws out, fangs sharp, eyes glaring. One big menace.
After 17 wins in 21 games, roaring, in fact.
For the third straight game, Colorado's starting pitcher barely quivered, even when things were at their scariest.
On Sunday, clinging to a two-run lead with runners on first and second and one out in the top of the sixth inning, Rockies manager Walt Weiss walked out to Jhoulys Chacin to deliver the message.
Chacin retired the next two batters and the Rockies went on to declaw the gone-cold Dodgers lineup for the third consecutive day with a 3-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.
"The sixth inning, guys on first and second, I went out there and told him this is your game," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "Get through this inning, we win the game, and that's exactly what he did. ... (The series) was a big step for our young guys. (Tyler) Chatwood, Chacin, (Juan) Nicasio taking the big step -- those guys keep progressing, it's going to be a big lift for us in the second half."
With Dodgers rookie wunderkind Yasiel Puig out of the starting lineup for the second straight game -- though he would come in to pinch hit -- the Los Angeles lineup reverted to what it was before his call-up in early June.
Chacin allowed one run and six hits in six innings and struck out six for his fifth quality start in six outings. Chacin is 6-1 since June 1 with just 20 runs allowed during that span, and Colorado is 7-2 in his nine starts since June.
"I really like to pitch here. I always feel good," Chacin said of Dodger Stadium. "The ball moves more. It's not about the ball flying more in Denver, but the ball moves better away from there. You feel better when you throw your slider, your sinker. It moves."
Added Dodgers manager Don Mattingly: "He ran the ball. He had a lot of movement today. He's always got a pretty good slider and his changeup was good. He was using both sides of the plate. It seems like we've been in a funk the last couple days."
Rex Brothers and Matt Belisle each threw scoreless innings to set up Rafael Betancourt, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 15th save in 16 opportunities.
The Dodgers had been rolling entering Friday's game, with 55 hits during the week from Monday through Thursday.
But Nicasio outdueled Clayton Kershaw on Friday in a 3-0 win and Tyler Chatwood pitched a complete game on Saturday with no run support in a 1-0 loss to Zack Greinke.
"I tell our pitchers they've got to be the toughest guys in the league," Weiss said. "The fact they have to compete in a hitter's park, for me, they should earn more respect in the league. We have some talented arms, and I think people are starting to see that."
Chacin did not get much support on Sunday, either, as Ricky Nolasco allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings in his first home start for the Dodgers.
After winning his first start for Los Angeles on Tuesday at Arizona, Nolasco was done in by Colorado's Michael Cuddyer and Co.
Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a first-inning RBI single and a fifth-inning two-run homer, his 16th home run of the season. Dexter Fowler and Todd Helton each added two hits and Chacin helped his cause with two hits and a walk.
The Dodgers, who won 17 of 21 entering the game with production up and down the lineup, looked lost all day. Los Angeles grounded into two double plays, stranded 15 base runners and only Skip Schumaker and Scott Van Slyke had multiple hits, each with two.
Adrian Gonzalez singled in the fifth inning to score Puig, who reached base with a pinch-single after batting for Nolasco, to cut the lead to 3-1.
"Huge series for the starters to have this confidence," Cuddyer said. "They didn't get scared. They went out and threw strikes. That's what we need to win, and were going to need that in the second half."
Added Helton: "They're all hardened. After we get swept in Arizona, to come show some resiliency and split these games against a hot Dodger team, that's what we need going into the break."
NOTES: Puig missed his second straight start as he battles lingering soreness in his hip after crashing into the outfield wall on July 3. He was pulled for replacements on Thursday and Friday, as well. ... Dodgers LF Carl Crawford (back) missed his third straight game. ... Colorado SS Troy Tulowitzki rejoined the starting lineup after a planned day off on Saturday. ... Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez, who leads the National League in home runs with 25, stole his 16th base of the season.