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Washington at Colorado

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Washington (58-72)100000000140
Colorado (66-63) «10022000x570

Rockies 5, Nationals 1

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DENVER -- The Rockies have been counting on some inexperienced arms in their quest for an NL playoff spot.

Ubaldo Jimenez showed the team again Saturday night that he can be trusted to do his part.

Jimenez allowed three hits over seven innings and Brad Hawpe hit his career-high 23rd home run to help the Rockies beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 on Saturday night.

"This guys is making his way in a very calming fashion," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "He has slowed things down and shown a lot of poise and confidence."

Jimenez (3-2) fanned four and walked two in his third consecutive stellar outing. In his last three starts, he's allowed one run and 10 hits in 20 innings.

"They have a chance to have a very good pitcher at this level," Washington manager Manny Acta said about Jimenez. "That's terrific stuff when you can pitch a whole game in the mid-90s with that curve, a changeup and a slider. Four pitches in a kid that young."

With the win, the Rockies remained 4½ games behind the San Diego Padres in the wild-card race. Colorado also moved back into a tie with Los Angeles for third in the NL West.

Jimenez, who joined the rotation when Rodrigo Lopez, Aaron Cook and Jason Hirsh were lost to injuries, was also able to make an in-game adjustment.

"I threw more sliders because my curve ball wasn't any good," Jimenez said. "My slider got me strikeouts and groundballs when they were looking for fastballs."

Troy Tulowitzki homered -- his 18th -- and scored two runs. Matt Holliday had two hits and drove in his 100th run of the year. It's Holliday's second straight 100-RBI season.

Tim Redding (3-4) lasted four plus innings in his shortest outing of the season, giving up five runs and six hits and walking five. Redding had won his previous two starts.

Felipe Lopez doubled to lead off the game, stole third and scored on Nook Logan's ground out to give Washington a 1-0 lead. The Nationals had only three more hits the entire game.

Tulowitzki homered into the Colorado bullpen in right field to tie the game at 1 in the bottom half of the inning.

"I sat on a fastball on 3-2," Tulowitzki said. "There's nothing else to look for in that situation and I got it."

Jimenez worked out of a jam in the fourth inning. Dmitri Young led off with a single and Austin Kearns drew a walk. Jimenez struck out Wily Mo Pena and retired Ronnie Belliard and Brian Schneider to end the inning.

Hawpe homered just inside the left field foul pole in left in the fourth inning. The blast followed a one-out single by Garrett Atkins and gave Colorado a 3-1 lead.

"It was a four seam fastball that was down in the outside corner of the plate," Redding said. "As much as I hate to do it, I have to tip my cap there."

Redding didn't retire anyone in the fifth inning and left after allowing an RBI single to Holliday and walking Atkins with the bases loaded to force in a second run and make it 5-1. Chris Schroder replaced Redding and retired the side without any further damage.

"Tim didn't throw strikes," Acta said of Redding. "And this is the wrong place to pitch behind in the count."

Notes

RHP Jason Bergmann will join the Nationals in Los Angeles and be activated from the DL in time to make Tuesday's start against the Dodgers. ... Schroder retired all nine he faced and struck out five in three innings of relief. ... RHP Aaron Cook (strained left oblique muscle) will throw a simulated game Tuesday in San Francisco. ... Holliday has a 15-game hitting streak, and made two sliding catches in short left field. ... Tulowitzki has a 10-game hitting streak.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Colorado

U. Jimenez
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 4
 
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, SS4110010 .241
Nook Logan, CF4001000 .278
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4000010 .273
Dmitri Young, 1B3010110 .333
Austin Kearns, RF3020100 .263
Wily Mo Pena, LF4000025 .227
Ronnie Belliard, 2B3000002 .281
Brian Schneider, C3000002 .229
Tim Redding, P2000010 .095
    Chris Schroder, P0000000 .000
   a- Robert Fick, PH1000010 .201
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
Totals3114127  
a-struck out for Schroder in the 8th
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (22, Jimenez)
RBI - Nook Logan (16)
SB - Felipe Lopez (20, 3rd base off Jimenez/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Belliard-Young
Washington Nationals
Tim Redding (L,3-4) 4655512 3.10
Chris Schroder 3000050 2.52
Saul Rivera 1100030 3.74
HBP - Torrealba (by Tim Redding)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Redding 89-44, Chris Schroder 35-23, Saul Rivera 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Redding 6-4, Chris Schroder 1-3
Batters Faced - Tim Redding 23, Chris Schroder 9, Saul Rivera 4
Colorado Rockies
Kaz Matsui, 2B4110010 .288
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3211110 .295
Matt Holliday, LF4021010 .335
Todd Helton, 1B3000101 .299
Garrett Atkins, 3B3111100 .280
Brad Hawpe, RF4122023 .289
Ryan Spilborghs, CF3000114 .308
Yorvit Torrealba, C2000124 .267
Ubaldo Jimenez, P3000003 .091
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   a- Ian Stewart, PH1000011 .294
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
Totals3057559  
a-struck out for Hawkins in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brad Hawpe (25, Rivera)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (18, Redding), Brad Hawpe (23, Redding)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (69), Matt Holliday (100), Garrett Atkins (87), Brad Hawpe 2 (86)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Yorvit Torrealba (3)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,3-2) 7311240 4.03
LaTroy Hawkins 1000010 3.48
Jorge Julio 1100020 4.66
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 100-63, LaTroy Hawkins 13-9, Jorge Julio 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 10-7, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 26, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Jorge Julio 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27179
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Doug Eddings