DENVER (Ticker) --
continues to show that he is not intimidated at the prospect of pitching at Coors Field.
The righthander continued his impressive start, allowing two runs - one earned - and just three hits in seven innings as the
posted an 8-5 victory over the
"He took another step forward today," Rockies manager
said. "It was another test against a club historically he hasn't pitched well against. He answered the bell big time. It was another statement by the kid."
In his first four starts this season at hitter-friendly Coors Field, Chacon is 3-0 with a 1.31 ERA, allowing just four earned runs in 27 2/3 innings. His overall ERA actually climbed from 0.98 to 1.04.
Chacon, who walked one and struck out eight, was asked if he regards himself as the stopper on the staff.
"That was in my mind," he said."I knew I needed to come out and give us a quality start. I still wanted to keep the same mental approach that I've been taking, but in the back of my mind I knew this team needed a good quality start."
Chacon (4-0), who surrendered just one hit after the first inning, also helped himself with a single in a six-run second, when the Rockies strung together six straight hits.
(1-3) was pounded for seven and 12 hits in just two-plus innings.
"I'm just not making my pitches, really," Estes said. "The scary part is I kept the ball inside the park. The sad part is I gave up 12 hits. They just didn't hit the ball at anybody."
recorded the final three outs for his fifth save.
Chacon alllowed both runs in the top of the first after Patterson led off the game by reaching on second baseman Ron Belliard's error. Patterson moved to third on
's single and scored on
's forceout before
's double made it 2-0.
However, Alou was thrown out trying to stretch his double to a triple, possibly costing the Cubs' a bigger inning.
Chacon settled into a groove, allowing only a single to Sosa in the third over the next six innings.
"They were real aggressive early and I think it might have been part of their game plan to come out and not really get too deep in the count," Chacon said. "When I started throwing some more offspeed, that kind of slowed their aggressiveness down a bit, keeping them off balance."
"He kept his composure and focus through the first inning," Hurdle added. "He just continued to make pitches and got big outs at big times."
Estes walked Jose Hernanez to start the second before
followed with singles to get the Rockies on the board.
Johnson was picked off second for the first out of the inning, but Chacon kept things going with a single. Belliard's RBI double tied the contest before
put the Rockies ahead with a two-run single.
delivered an RBI double and
completed the uprisng with a run-scoring single.
Stynes chased Estes with an RBI single in the third. The Rockies made it 8-2 in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Helton and