Tampa Bay at Colorado

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Trio of homers back Jimenez to get Rockies to .500

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DENVER -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy put Ubaldo Jimenez in some impressive company before his outing against Tampa Bay.

Then, Jimenez went out and showed why.

"I see a lot of Pedro Martinez in him. The looseness in his arm and the way his arm works reminds me an awful lot of a young Pedro Martinez," Tracy said. "And I watched a lot of that sitting next to Felipe Alou while I was in Montreal."

Jimenez won his third consecutive start and Clint Barmes hit a two-run homer in Colorado's 4-3 victory over the Rays on Thursday.

"Ubaldo is a guy who is beginning to find his niche," Tracy said. "I still believe there's still another step on the ladder that he aspires to take and that is to become a bona fide ace-stopper type starting pitcher in the Rockies rotation."

Todd Helton and Carlos Gonzalez added solo homers for the surging Rockies, who have won 13 of 14. They took the final two in this three-game series after Tampa Bay snapped their 11-game winning streak Tuesday.

Jimenez (6-6) yielded one run in 6 2/3 innings, scattering six hits and three walks. He struck out seven and worked out of several jams.

"I had a good command of my fastball," Jimenez said. "When I was getting in trouble, I was able to stay back and just command my fastball inside or away, setting up my breaking pitches."

The right-hander was lifted after hitting Evan Longoria in the left arm with a pitch and walking Carlos Pena. Joel Peralta replaced Jimenez and retired Ben Zobrist on a deep fly to center.

Manny Corpas pitched a scoreless eighth and Huston Street earned his 15th save in 16 opportunities despite giving up a two-run single to Zobrist in the ninth.

The Rockies are 7-2 in interleague play.

"We got beat again by good pitching and they have been on a roll pitching," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "And another game where we got beat by one inning."

Matt Garza (4-5) fell to 0-3 in his last six starts. The 2008 AL Championship Series MVP gave up four runs and five hits in five innings, the fourth consecutive time he has failed to get through the sixth.

"I have to pitch better than I did," Garza said, moments before breaking down in tears and hiding his head in a towel.

He hasn't won since beating Cleveland 4-2 on May 16.

Dioner Navarro hit an RBI single for the Rays, who lost for the second time in eight games.

Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the second. Jason Bartlett tripled to the center-field wall with two outs and scored on Navarro's bloop single.

Garza kept the Rockies hitless until Jimenez singled to right with one out in the third. The right-hander struck out Seth Smith, but Barmes drove a hanging slider into the left-field seats.

"I had seen three fastballs blow by me on my first at-bat," said Barmes, who sounded surprised that he got a breaking ball.

Two pitches later, Helton hit a long drive off the facade of the second deck in right and Colorado led 3-1.

"I left the pitch up to Barmes and he went up to get it," Garza said. "I had a fastball get away to Helton and he hit it out.

Maddon said that was the turning point.

"That inning was the one that got us," he said. "Statistics show that most games are lost in one inning and that was the one."

The Rays loaded the bases in the fourth on two-out singles by Gabe Gross and Bartlett and a walk to Navarro. Jimenez fanned Garza to avoid any damage.

"I'm not paid to hit," Garza said. "I'm paid to pitch."

Gonzalez homered in the fourth to make it 4-1, his first with the Rockies.

B.J. Upton and Carl Crawford opened the Tampa Bay ninth with singles and pulled off a double steal against Street. Longoria and Pena struck out ahead of Zobrist's single to center, but Street induced Gross to line out to Barmes at second to end the game.

"We felt three or four times in the game that if the ball gets past someone, we can go ahead," Zobrist said. "That never happened enough."

Notes

  • Bartlett has a career-high 13-game hitting streak.
  • Tampa Bay is 6-3 in interleague play.
  • The Rays have lost all three series they've played at Coors Field.
  • The Rockies hit back-to-back homers for the fifth time this year.
 
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Ubaldo Jimenez strikes out seven and yields just one run on six hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings.  (AP)
Ubaldo Jimenez strikes out seven and yields just one run on six hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Barmes
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

J. Bartlett
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF5120000 .226
Carl Crawford, LF5110011 .311
Evan Longoria, 3B4010033 .307
Carlos Pena, 1B4000124 .236
Ben Zobrist, 2B5012002 .307
Gabe Gross, RF4010101 .277
Jason Bartlett, SS4120000 .376
Dioner Navarro, C3021111 .218
Matt Garza, P2000024 .000
   a- Willy Aybar, PH1000002 .270
    Joe Nelson, P0000000 .000
    Grant Balfour, P0000000 .000
   b- Pat Burrell, PH1000001 .238
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
Totals38310339  
a-lined out for Garza in the 6th
b-flied out for Balfour in the 8th
Batting
3B - Jason Bartlett (3, Jimenez)
RBI - Ben Zobrist 2 (41), Dioner Navarro (21)
2-OUT RBI - Ben Zobrist 2 (16), Dioner Navarro (7)
SB - B.J. Upton (25, 3rd base off Street/Phillips), Carl Crawford (37, 2nd base off Street/Phillips), Gabe Gross (6, 3rd base off Jimenez/Phillips)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Bartlett-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Garza (L,4-5) 5544253 3.83
Joe Nelson 1100010 4.50
Grant Balfour 1000010 5.28
Randy Choate 1100020 1.00
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 83-51, Joe Nelson 20-14, Grant Balfour 10-7, Randy Choate 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 1-8, Grant Balfour 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 21, Joe Nelson 4, Grant Balfour 3, Randy Choate 3
Colorado Rockies
Seth Smith, LF4000021 .278
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Clint Barmes, 2B4122010 .296
Todd Helton, 1B3111110 .307
Brad Hawpe, RF3000111 .335
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3010011 .243
Ian Stewart, 3B3000011 .218
Carlos Gonzalez, CF-LF3111011 .206
Paul Phillips, C3010000 .333
Ubaldo Jimenez, P2110001 .304
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
   a- Dexter Fowler, PH-CF1000010 .259
Totals2947429  
a-struck out for Peralta in the 7th
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (9, Nelson)
HR - Clint Barmes (7, Garza), Todd Helton (8, Garza), Carlos Gonzalez (1, Garza)
RBI - Clint Barmes 2 (34), Todd Helton (46), Carlos Gonzalez (2)
2-OUT RBI - Clint Barmes 2 (17), Todd Helton (20)
SB - Troy Tulowitzki (9, 3rd base off Nelson/Navarro)
CS - Clint Barmes (5, 2nd base by Choate/Navarro)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Ian Stewart 2 (5, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,6-6) 6.2611370 3.73
Joel Peralta (H,4) 0.1000000 1.86
Manny Corpas (H,7) 1100000 5.40
Huston Street (S,15) 1322020 3.41
HBP - Longoria (by Ubaldo Jimenez)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 117-70, Joel Peralta 4-3, Manny Corpas 12-9, Huston Street 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 5-9
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 31, Joel Peralta 1, Manny Corpas 4, Huston Street 6
Game Information
Attendance - 28639
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Wally Bell