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Chatwood delivers 5 innings on 'bullpen day'

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LOS ANGELES -- For a second time through the rotation Sunday, the Rockies sent out Tyler Chatwood knowing the right-hander was going to throw between 60-70 pitches before handing the ball over to the bullpen.

Chatwood threw 3 1/3 innings Tuesday and was followed by eight relievers in a win over the Giants.

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LOS ANGELES -- For a second time through the rotation Sunday, the Rockies sent out Tyler Chatwood knowing the right-hander was going to throw between 60-70 pitches before handing the ball over to the bullpen.

Chatwood threw 3 1/3 innings Tuesday and was followed by eight relievers in a win over the Giants.

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But the Rockies' 8-1 victory to secure a four-game sweep of the Dodgers -- their first four-game sweep over them since 2007 and first at Dodger Stadium since 1993 -- was far from resembling a planned bullpen game.

Chatwood outdueled Rich Hill by striking out five over five scoreless innings to pick up his seventh win.

"I think we know the stuff is there; we talk about it all the time," Rockies manager Bud Black said of Chatwood. "And he strung some pitches together and held his stuff through five innings. It was just what we needed.

"We didn't know how long he was going to go, but he we wanted him to get us out to a good start, put up as many zeros as possible on the board, and he did that."

Chatwood pushed his pitch count to 75 before Carlos Estevez, Mike Dunn, Scott Oberg and Adam Ottavino finished the contest.

"I told them in between starts I thought I had 75 pitches this time through," said Chatwood. "Luckily, they let me go out there and throw it, and I was able to keep us in the game."

Even if the Rockies were forced to go to their bullpen earlier, that wasn't necessarily a worrisome prospect. The unit allowed just two runs over 17 innings in the series.

"I mean, every time you go out there, you've got to expect to get outs, put up zeros and help the team win," said Oberg, who struck out the side in an inning of work for the second straight night. "It's definitely a big boost of confidence, but we can't live in the past now, and we've got to move forward."

The fine outing from Chatwood extended the Rockies' season-high road winning streak to six games, their highest since a six-game streak in 2015. It also kept the Rockies within five games of the D-backs for the first National League Wild Card spot, with the two clubs beginning a four-game series Monday.

"Any time your team's rolling, you want to keep them rolling," Chatwood said. "So when you get out there and you have the opportunity to keep them rolling and help us win games, especially when we need them, it's always fun to be apart of that."

Black said he doesn't expect Chatwood to pitch again until Thursday, setting him up for another start with similar pitch limitations.

Ryan Posner is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Rockies on Sunday.

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