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Pedro gets roughed up by Rockies, suffers first loss

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Ubaldo Jimenez grew up in the Dominican Republic idolizing Pedro Martinez.

On Saturday night, it was Martinez who did the admiring.

Jimenez earned his first win in more than two months and Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe homered on Martinez's first two pitches in the fifth inning, touching off a six-run burst that led the Colorado Rockies over the New York Mets 7-1.

Jimenez (2-7) limited the Mets to one run and two hits over eight innings. He also singled twice and scored a run against his childhood hero.

"It was great," Jimenez said. "He's been my hero since I was little, so it was awesome."

Jimenez watched from his home in Santo Cristobal as Martinez became one of the game's most dominant pitchers.

"He was always competitive out there and you could see in his face he could get anyone out," Jimenez said.

Early on, Martinez (2-1) looked like that pitcher as he cruised through the first four innings before the Rockies broke loose. He'd struck out five before Atkins homered over the left-field wall and Hawpe hit a drive to right.

Martinez lasted just 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since coming off the disabled list June 3.

"For some reason, I bring the best out of young pitchers," Martinez said. "I've done it for many pitchers and I'm glad I've done it for a fellow Dominican, who has a bright future."

After Atkins and Hawpe homered, the Rockies kept hitting. Troy Tulowitzki, who returned from the disabled list Friday night, followed with a double. Jimenez singled to deep shortstop and Willy Taveras hit an RBI single that put Colorado ahead 3-1.

Jeff Baker, trying for a home run in his fifth straight game, hit an RBI double off the right-field wall. Matt Holliday delivered a two-run single up the middle for a 6-1 lead.

Claudio Vargas relieved Martinez and got Todd Helton to ground into an inning-ending double play. In the seventh, Helton doubled home Taveras.

"He was cruising," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said of Martinez. "He was probably the best that we had seen at this point. All we needed to do was manage maybe a couple more innings or another inning and he would have been out of there with a very positive outing."

Once he got the lead, Jimenez didn't falter. He made quick work of the Mets in the sixth and held them to one hit over his last seven innings of work.

"They scratched out one run two hitters into the game and then he throws all zeros," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "Nothing was hit real hard. He was fantastic tonight. Very impressive outing."

The Mets, playing for the fourth time Manuel, got off to a quick start. Jose Reyes led off the game with a triple into the right-field corner and scored on Luis Castillo's sacrifice fly.

Martinez said he hopes Jimenez can build on this outing.

"I'm glad he did it and I hope he does it more often," he said. "I just hopes he takes the same mentality that he took today in this game into the next one, even if I'm not on the mound."

Notes

  • Taveras stole his NL-leading 35th base. He also set his single-season high in steals.
  • The Rockies announced that a seventh-inning error charged to Holliday on Friday night was taken away. As a result, Carlos Beltran's single was changed to a double.
  • Rockies RHP Kip Wells threw 60 pitches in a simulated game Saturday. Manager Clint Hurdle said Wells, who had a blood clot removed from his right hand May 6, will travel with the team to Kansas City and throw out of the bullpen.
  • The Mets signed OF Javier Rodriguez, their second-round pick in this month's draft. He will be assigned to the rookie level Gulf Coast Mets.
  • Mets C Brian Schneider got hit with a foul on his left hand in the first inning and left after the seventh inning. He was scheduled to have an X-ray done late Saturday night.
 
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Brad Hawpe contributes to the Rockies' six-run fifth inning with a solo shot.  (AP)
Brad Hawpe contributes to the Rockies' six-run fifth inning with a solo shot. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

U. Jimenez
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 4
K 2
Colorado

G. Atkins
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4110001 .295
Luis Castillo, 2B2001101 .266
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
David Wright, 3B2000200 .274
Carlos Beltran, CF4010001 .276
Carlos Delgado, 1B4010001 .241
Trot Nixon, LF2000213 .167
Endy Chavez, RF3000014 .239
Brian Schneider, C2000011 .253
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1000000 .197
    Robinson Cancel, C1000003 .333
Pedro Martinez, P2000001 .200
    Claudio Vargas, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   b- Damion Easley, PH-2B1010000 .266
Totals2814153  
a-grounded out for Schneider in the 8th
b-singled for Schoeneweis in the 8th
Batting
3B - Jose Reyes (7, Jimenez)
SF - Luis Castillo (2)
SH - Endy Chavez (4)
RBI - Luis Castillo (24)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Endy Chavez 1
DP - Chavez-Delgado, Castillo-Reyes-Delgado
New York Mets
Pedro Martinez (L,2-1) 4.1966152 6.57
Claudio Vargas 2.1211000 3.86
Scott Schoeneweis 0.1200000 2.40
Aaron Heilman 1100010 5.17
HBP - Iannetta (by Claudio Vargas)
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 76-51, Claudio Vargas 31-23, Scott Schoeneweis 5-3, Aaron Heilman 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 1-5, Claudio Vargas 2-4, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, Aaron Heilman 2-0
Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 21, Claudio Vargas 9, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Aaron Heilman 4
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF5221002 .251
Jeff Baker, 2B4121011 .296
Matt Holliday, LF4012022 .326
Todd Helton, 1B3011101 .277
Garrett Atkins, 3B4121002 .309
Brad Hawpe, RF4111002 .256
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4120010 .159
Chris Iannetta, C3000021 .272
Ubaldo Jimenez, P3120002 .065
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1010000 .301
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
Totals35714716  
a-singled for Jimenez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jeff Baker (14, P. Martinez), Troy Tulowitzki (7, P. Martinez)
HR - Garrett Atkins (10, P. Martinez), Brad Hawpe (9, P. Martinez)
RBI - Willy Taveras (15), Jeff Baker (21), Matt Holliday 2 (35), Todd Helton (27), Garrett Atkins (42), Brad Hawpe (29)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (16)
SB - Willy Taveras (35, 2nd base off Vargas/Schneider)
PK - Jeff Baker (1, P. Martinez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Baker-Tulowitzki-Helton
E - Matt Holliday (1, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,2-7) 8211420 4.52
Luis Vizcaino 1200110 6.43
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 110-64, Luis Vizcaino 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 14-7
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 29, Luis Vizcaino 6
Game Information
Attendance - 35637
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Bill Miller