When the Dodgers opened a series against the Rockies on June 6 at Coors Field, Colorado was stuck in a seven-game losing streak. This time around, the Rockies arrived at Dodger Stadium for Monday night's opener winners of five in a row.
"You don't really think about it," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before the Dodgers' 6-1 victory in the opener. "It's kind of like going into their place last week, and they were cold. You don't really look at it any differently. You still have to execute."
On June 7, Jhoulys Chacin and Zack Greinke locked horns and neither earned a decision as Brandon Barnes' walk-off triple lifted the Rockies to a 5-4 win in 10 innings, ending their eight-game slide. The right-handers will face off again at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
Chacin (1-4) earned his first victory on Thursday against Atlanta, hurling seven shutout innings and allowing just two hits while striking out five. It was Chacin's longest outing of the season but the fewest pitches (85) he had thrown.
"It's big," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He was really good the last time out, and it gives our club confidence when they see that. Last year, he put together one of the better seasons in Rockies history, statistically. We've got a lot of confidence when we see Jhoulys being himself out there."
Chacin has faced the Dodgers 17 times in his career, more than any other opponent. He is 8-6 with a 3.71 ERA against the National League West rivals from Los Angeles.
Andre Ethier has gotten comfortable against Chacin, hitting .414/.564/.621 with 10 walks and a home run in 39 plate appearances against the 26-year-old Venezuelan.
In contrast to most pitchers, Chacin has thrived at Coors Field, but not away from it. He is 0-2 with a 5.32 ERA on the road and 1-2 with a 3.80 ERA at home this season.
In that June 7 start against the Rockies, Greinke allowed four runs on 11 hits in seven innings. It was the most hits Greinke has given up since surrendering 12 to the Phillies in June of last season.
In his first 11 starts of the season, Greinke went 8-1 with a 2.18 ERA and did not allow more than three runs in an outing. In three June starts, Greinke is 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA and has eclipsed three runs twice.
Greinke will enter his 11th career start against the Rockies 3-2 with a 4.20 ERA against them.
Rockies: Colorado comes back against Giants
During their weekend sweep in San Francisco, the Rockies won all three games after trailing in the seventh inning or later, the first Major League team to do that since the Rays in 2009.
It was the first time in franchise history the Rockies accomplished the feat. Since 2000, only Washington in 2006 made it four in a row.
Entering the series, the Rockies led the National League in batting average (.265) and slugging percentage (.427) in the seventh inning or later and trailed only the Marlins for most runs in the seventh inning or later in the Majors.
Dodgers: Tulowitzki catches Mattingly's eye
Troy Tulowitzki has been tough to ignore this season.
The Rockies' shortstop entered the series leading the Majors in average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS, a .362/.454/.674 slash line.
"He's a guy who's dangerous," Mattingly said. "You got to get the ball to certain parts of the plate or he's going to hurt you. To me, his eyes have gotten a lot better this year. He's walked a lot more than he has in the past. He hasn't really struck out that much. He's just tough."
Tulowitzki ranked in the top 10 of the NL in 17 categories, including home runs, RBIs, walks and extra-base hits.
"He's always in the right spot," Mattingly said. "And I think he has a pretty good feel for what pitchers are trying to do to him. You see him kind of cat-and-mouse with guys all the time, the way he makes adjustments, so he's a tough one."
• LaTroy Hawkins saved each of the Rockies' three wins in San Francisco, marking the first time since August 2011 three straight Colorado wins resulted in saves.
• Los Angeles reliever J.P. Howell has not allowed a run in his last 15 appearances (12 2/3 innings) dating back to May 9.
• The NHL champion Los Angeles Kings will bring the Stanley Cup to Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.