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CINCINNATI -- The Colorado Rockies are getting that look again.
Garrett Atkins and Jeff Baker homered and drove in three runs, Ubaldo Jimenez turned in another terrific start and the Rockies pounded the Cincinnati Reds 11-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Chris Iannetta also homered and Scott Podsednik had three hits for the Rockies, who wrapped up their first sweep of a road series this season and their first in Cincinnati since June 15-17, 2001.
Colorado extended its winning streak to five games, matching its season high, and finished with 14 hits in its biggest win of the season. The Rockies are 9-1 since the All-Star break and have compiled at least 11 hits in eight consecutive games, their longest streak since an eight-game run in September 1999.
Colorado won 21 of 22 to get to the World Series last year, but manager Clint Hurdle is hesitant to draw any comparisons to last season.
"We're not trying to recreate anything," Hurdle said. "We're just trying to play well day to day. Last year, we figured out a way to score one more run than our opponents. Right now, we're finding ways to barrel up some balls. Our offense has been good from the bottom all the way to the top."
The Rockies entered play in third in the weak NL West, six games back of division-leading Arizona.
"We're really fortunate to be in the position we're in," Troy Tulowitzki said. "We tried to play our way out of it. Now, we're trying to play our way into it. We learned a lot from last year and not much has changed. We still have the same confident guys."
Jimenez (7-9) allowed five hits in six innings, improving to 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA in six July starts.
"I wasn't as sharp as I was in my other starts," Jimenez said. "They were looking for fastballs up and they got them. My fastball wasn't as good as it was in my other games."
Josh Fogg (2-3), pitching with 30 stitches in his lip after being hit by a line drive while tossing in the outfield during practice on Tuesday, lasted just 3 2/3 innings for Cincinnati. He allowed seven runs, eight hits and three walks against his former team.
Fogg said his lip wasn't the problem.
"I wish I could say it walked the four or five guys I walked, but that was me," he said. "It was just poor pitching."
The Reds finished their longest homestand of the season with a 4-6 record while allowing Colorado to pile up 45 hits, the most by a Cincinnati opponent in a three-game series since Oakland had 51 in June 2004.
"We knew they were a hot club coming in," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "They were swinging the bats up and down the lineup. Every game, they went around (the lineup) twice before we went around once. I wasn't even playing and I feel beat up watching them get beat like that."
Colorado scored four runs in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead. Podsednik singled with one out and Baker followed with a drive to center on a 1-2 pitch from Fogg, his ninth homer of the season and second of the series.
Atkins chased Fogg with a two-out, two-run homer to left, his 15th of the year.
"You look up and it's 8-0," Reds left fielder Adam Dunn said. "The mood's going to be down all day. This series, we didn't play well. We've got to regroup. It's definitely shocking any time we don't score runs. It's shocking to me."
Ken Griffey Jr. singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 10 games for Cincinnati, his longest since a 15-game streak in 2006.
Plate umpire Jim Reynolds issued warnings to both benches after Jimenez hit Brandon Phillips with a pitch in the bottom of the sixth and Gary Majewski hit Tulowitzki in the top of the seventh.
Dusty Baker's sister, Tanya, called him Sunday morning from Colombia. "She's in South America doing missionary work and she calls me to see how I'm doing," said Baker, whose team has lost three straight. "She knows how I am." ... RHP Jared Burton, sidelined since July 19 with a strained muscle in his right side, is scheduled to throw off a mound in Cincinnati on Monday and join Triple-A Louisville in Charlotte for a rehab assignment on Tuesday. ... Reds RHP Aaron Harang, who hasn't pitched since July 8 with a strained right forearm, is scheduled to throw off a mound Monday in Houston. ... Colorado's starting pitcher Monday in Pittsburgh still is undetermined, but RHP Aaron Cook will start Wednesday.
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|Scott Podsednik, CF||5||2||3||0||1||1||1||.263|
|Jeff Baker, 2B-1B||6||3||3||2||0||3||2||.302|
|Matt Holliday, LF||6||1||2||0||0||1||3||.344|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.272|
|Seth Smith, RF||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||.231|
|Garrett Atkins, 1B||3||1||2||3||1||0||0||.307|
|Luis Vizcaino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kip Wells, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||3||1||0||0||2||1||2||.299|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||3||0||1||2||0||2||1||.215|
|Ryan Speier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Clint Barmes, PH-2B||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.304|
|Chris Iannetta, C||4||1||2||1||0||1||3||.281|
|Ubaldo Jimenez, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.043|
|b- Omar Quintanilla, PH-SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.259|
|a-doubled for Speier in the 8th|
|b-popped out for Jimenez in the 7th|
|2B - Scott Podsednik (8, Coffey), Garrett Atkins (24, Fogg), Clint Barmes (19, Affeldt)|
|HR - Jeff Baker (9, Fogg), Garrett Atkins (15, Fogg), Chris Iannetta (11, Coffey)|
|SF - Garrett Atkins (7)|
|RBI - Jeff Baker 2 (37), Seth Smith (5), Garrett Atkins 3 (66), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (20), Clint Barmes 2 (25), Chris Iannetta (41)|
|2-OUT RBI - Garrett Atkins 2 (25), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (5), Clint Barmes 2 (12)|
|SB - Scott Podsednik 2 (10, 2nd base off Fogg/Ross, 3rd base off Fogg/Ross)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Baker-Quintanilla-Atkins, Quintanilla-Barmes-Baker|
|E - Clint Barmes (7, Misplayed grounder), Ian Stewart (4, Throwing)|
|Ubaldo Jimenez (W,7-9)||6||5||0||0||1||2||0||3.80|
|HBP - B. Phillips (by Ubaldo Jimenez)|
|WP - Ubaldo Jimenez (15)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 84-53, Ryan Speier 16-13, Luis Vizcaino 15-8, Kip Wells 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 4-12, Ryan Speier 2-0, Luis Vizcaino 2-2, Kip Wells 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 25, Ryan Speier 3, Luis Vizcaino 5, Kip Wells 3|
|Corey Patterson, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.186|
|Jeff Keppinger, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.274|
|Ken Griffey Jr., RF||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.246|
|Jolbert Cabrera, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.304|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.274|
|Andy Phillips, 2B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.158|
|Adam Dunn, LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.238|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||.260|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||3||.273|
|David Ross, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.250|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Paul Bako, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.217|
|Josh Fogg, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.133|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jay Bruce, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Gary Majewski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Javier Valentin, PH-C||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.262|
|a-grounded into a double play for Cordero in the 9th|
|b-singled for Coffey in the 5th|
|c-struck out for Majewski in the 7th|
|2B - Adam Dunn (13, Jimenez)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|PB - David Ross (6)|
|E - Edwin Encarnacion (18, Dropped fly), Corey Patterson (3, Throwing)|
|Josh Fogg (L,2-3)||3.2||8||7||7||3||4||2||7.84|
|HBP - Iannetta (by Josh Fogg), Tulowitzki (by Gary Majewski)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 93-55, Todd Coffey 23-15, Gary Majewski 36-23, Jeremy Affeldt 32-20, Francisco Cordero 19-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 4-3, Todd Coffey 2-0, Gary Majewski 2-2, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 23, Todd Coffey 6, Gary Majewski 8, Jeremy Affeldt 8, Francisco Cordero 3|
|Attendance - 28246|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Field Culbreth|