Chatwood owning road with eye-popping ERA

Rox starter leads Majors after 1-hit gem vs. Dodgers

Chatwood owning road with eye-popping ERA

LOS ANGELES -- Tyler Chatwood was at his best in Monday's 6-1 win over the Dodgers, allowing a career-low one hit in a career-high eight innings pitched.

However, the craziest part was that one run raised his road ERA from 0.53 to 0.65 over six starts. That mark still leads all Major League pitchers by a significant margin.

After a second inning in which a leadoff walk was followed by the Dodgers' only hit and only run, Chatwood allowed just three baserunners over the next six innings, all on walks.

"Great command, cutter was real good, I thought he mixed in some good curveballs just to create some separation and velocity," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss. "His command wasn't probably pinpoint early on, but he was around the zone and good enough to get swings and keep the ball off the barrel. He was in complete control."

Chatwood creates double play

Chatwood, traditionally a player who thrives on inducing ground balls, continued to work his sinker to force weak contact against a lineup loaded with right-handed hitters. Eight of the 12 balls put in play were on the ground.

It's an impressive performance for a pitcher coming off a second Tommy John surgery.

"Before I had the surgery, I felt like I was the best I had ever been," Chatwood said. "Look back on that, soak it up, see what I was getting, then replay that and visualize it as many times in my mind as I could coming back through it. I think that helped, but I like I told you guys, I'm healthy. I'm having fun being able to pitch again and playing with my teammates."

While Chatwood said he is healthy, Weiss still exercised caution with his arm by pulling him before the ninth, instead opting to use Gonzalez Germen. Chatwood was at 100 pitches, a mark he's already met four times this year.

"I was lobbying to go back out there. I had him second guess, he thought about it for a second, but then he came back and said I was done," Chatwood said. "I understand where they're coming from. Coming off two Tommy Johns, be careful."

Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com who covered the Rockies on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.