MILWAUKEE, June 23 (UPI) -- Shawn Chacon
worked in and out of a jam in the ninth inning Wednesday night as Colorado held on for a 3-2 victory over Milwaukee.
A converted starter, Chacon has struggled in his first season as the Rockies' closer and entered this game with an 0-5 record, an 8.38 ERA and six blown saves in 30 appearances.
Earlier this week, Chacon met with Manager Clint Hurdle regarding his status and received a vote of confidence.
With the Rockies clinging to a 3-2 lead, Chacon got into immediate trouble in the ninth when he walked pinch-hitter Craig Counsell. Scott Podsednik got down a bunt and Chacon threw late to second.
After Junior Spivey sacrificed, Hurdle opted to intentionally walk Geoff Jenkins to go after Lyle Overbay, who was fourth in the National League with a .345 batting average.
Hurdle's move paid off as Overbay hit a fly ball to shallow left field before Brady Clark popped out, securing Chacon's 14th save.
Milwaukee also left the bases loaded in the eighth, when pinch-hitter Brooks Kieschnick fouled out.
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