Fans like to call Jhoulys Chacin "The Machine."

Wednesday night in the Rockies' 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants the right-hander was as finely tuned as Carlos Gonzalez's fire-red Ferrari.

From his first pitch of the game until his last Chacin was in total command. He was racing toward the second no-hitter in Rockies history until Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford looped a single to center with two outs in the seventh.

The 6 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball is the deepest a Rockies pitcher has ever taken a no-hitter at the hitter's paradise known as Coors Field. cq The previous best came by John Thomson cq on ay 2 2002 vs. Pittsburgh. Thomson pitched 6 1/3 innings of no-hit ball. cq

In fact Wednesday mar ed the longest any pitcher has ridden a no-hit bid at Coors Field since San Francisco's Matt Cain's 7 1/3 innings on Sept. 26 2010. The only no-hitter ever thrown as Coors was by the Dodgers' Hideo Nomo on Sept. 17 1996.

Ubaldo Jimenez now with the Cleveland Indians pitched the only no-no in Colorado history at Atlanta on April 17 2010.

Chacin left the game to a standing ovation and a scoreboard that spelled out his grand performance: Seven innings one hit one unearned run nine strikeouts and two walks. Seven of his strikeouts came via a biting slider that left the Giants' big guns — Buster Posey Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval — lunging at air.

There were smudges on Chacin's masterpiece — namely three Colorado errors and a bullpen that let the Giants back in the game with a three-run eighth inning. However Matt Belisle righted the ship in the eighth and Rex Brothers threw a perfect ninth to notch his 14th save.