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Jimenez helps Rockies roll over Zambrano-less Cubs

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Chicago Cubs reliever Sean Marshall was putting on his uniform in the clubhouse when he got word of his unexpected start Friday night against the Colorado Rockies in place of Carlos Zambrano.

"I rushed to get dressed and get loose," Marshall said. "That's the first time I've done that. It was tough."

The Rockies took full advantage of the late scratch of Zambrano because of a lower back injury, jumping on Marshall for three runs in two innings en route to a 6-2 victory in the opener of a four-game series.

"It was a big deal," said the Rockies' Todd Helton, who singled twice to drive in two runs and extend his hitting streak to 12 games. "We ate up their bullpen a little bit. It should help us the rest of the series."

About 15 minutes before the start of the game, Zambrano was scratched because of a recurrence of the lower back injury.

Zambrano, who was 7-4 with a 3.35 ERA entering the game, worked a season-low three innings in his last start against Florida on Aug. 1, before leaving the game with lower back stiffness. He had worked out with no complaints since then and Cubs manager Lou Piniella had said before the game that there were no concerns about Zambrano's back.

"When he went out there to warm up, he says after he threw two or three pitches, his back tightened up and he started getting spasms," Piniella said. "This is something that happened right before the ball game. If he had been complaining about anything, obviously, we wouldn't have scheduled him to pitch."

Zambrano was sent back to the hotel and was reported to still be in discomfort. Piniella said he would be sent to Chicago on Saturday and undergo an MRI. It was still uncertain whether Zambrano would go on the disabled list for the second time this season.

"We'll go off the [MRI] results," Piniella said.

Said Marshall, "I hope 'Z' is all right and whatever injury he went down with is something he can get over quickly because we need him in our rotation. He's one of our mainstays and one of the guys that usually gets it done for us."

While the Cubs were scrambling over their pitching staff, the Rockies got a solid start from Ubaldo Jimenez (9-9), who allowed two runs -- one earned -- and four hits in 6 2/3 innings for his third consecutive victory.

"My first thought was `It's too bad for him,"' Jimenez said of not having to go against Zambrano. "I hope he wasn't hurt too badly. It's good for us. But I had the same mental approach. I still had to compete no matter who was pitching for them."

Chris Iannetta hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Jeff Samardzija, helping the Rockies to their sixth win in eight games and 15th straight against a team from the NL Central.

Marshall, who used to be a starter, gave up four hits in the three-run first, when Helton had the first of his two RBI singles. Troy Tulowitzki followed with a double and Brad Hawpe had a two-run single to put the Rockies up 3-1.

Ian Stewart singled to lead off the fourth and Iannetta drove Samardzija's 3-1 offering into the Rockies' bullpen in center field for his 13th homer.

The Cubs added an unearned run in the sixth when second baseman Omar Quintanilla failed to handle shortstop Tulowitzki's throw attempting to force Milton Bradley on Derrek Lee's fielder's choice. Bradley scored on Alfonso Soriano's two-out single.

Jimenez, who struck out six and walked five, was touched for his only earned run in the first on Lee's double-play grounder. The game marked the ninth consecutive start in which he has allowed no more than four runs and no less than two runs, going 3-3 in that span.

Notes

  • Slumping Rockies 2B Clint Barmes, in a 2-for-46 slide, was given the night off.
  • Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez was moved up from his usual eighth spot to No. 2 in the order.
  • The Cubs activated C Geovany Soto (left oblique strain) from the 15-day DL and optioned INF/OF Micah Hoffpauir to Triple-A Iowa. Soto struck out three times in his return.
  • The Rockies last lost to an NL Central club on June 3, at Houston.
 
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There's nothing wrong with Ubaldo Jimenez tonight. He strikes out six and earns his ninth win. (US Presswire)
There's nothing wrong with Ubaldo Jimenez tonight. He strikes out six and earns his ninth win. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Helton
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

A. Soriano
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome, CF2110201 .271
Milton Bradley, RF2110211 .252
Derrek Lee, 1B3000102 .288
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000013 .323
Geovany Soto, C4000033 .226
Alfonso Soriano, LF4021000 .252
Mike Fontenot, 2B3000113 .230
Ryan Theriot, SS4010021 .290
Sean Marshall, P0000000 .231
   a- Aaron Miles, PH1000000 .197
    Jeff Samardzija, P1000002 .000
   b- Sam Fuld, PH1000000 .280
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   c- Jake Fox, PH1000001 .295
Totals3025168  
a-grounded out for Marshall in the 3rd
b-lined out for Samardzija in the 7th
c-popped out for Grabow in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (23, Street)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano (49)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano (10)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Milton Bradley 1
DP - Bradley-Soto
E - Milton Bradley (3, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Sean Marshall (L,3-7) 2533130 3.93
Jeff Samardzija 4522111 6.29
Aaron Heilman 1211020 4.56
John Grabow 1100110 3.20
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Marshall 62-43, Jeff Samardzija 73-50, Aaron Heilman 19-12, John Grabow 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Marshall 1-1, Jeff Samardzija 5-5, John Grabow 2-0
Batters Faced - Sean Marshall 11, Jeff Samardzija 17, Aaron Heilman 5, John Grabow 5
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF5030012 .265
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5220004 .265
Todd Helton, 1B4122000 .316
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4120011 .270
Brad Hawpe, RF4012021 .309
Ian Stewart, 3B3110101 .228
Chris Iannetta, C4112012 .228
Omar Quintanilla, 2B3000112 .150
Ubaldo Jimenez, P3010010 .250
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   a- Garrett Atkins, PH0000100 .228
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Totals35613637  
a-walked for Betancourt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (7, Marshall), Troy Tulowitzki (18, Marshall)
3B - Dexter Fowler (6, Marshall), Carlos Gonzalez (4, Heilman)
HR - Chris Iannetta (13, Samardzija)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (63), Brad Hawpe 2 (65), Chris Iannetta 2 (44)
SB - Dexter Fowler (25, 2nd base off Samardzija/Soto)
CS - Troy Tulowitzki (9, 2nd base by Samardzija/Soto)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Quintanilla-Helton, Quintanilla-Tulowitzki-Helton, Tulowitzki-Quintanilla-Helton
E - Omar Quintanilla (1, Missed catch of throw)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,9-9) 6.2421560 3.65
Matt Daley (H,7) 0.1000010 3.16
Rafael Betancourt 1000100 3.00
Huston Street 1100010 2.33
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 108-62, Matt Daley 6-3, Rafael Betancourt 16-9, Huston Street 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 9-4, Rafael Betancourt 1-1, Huston Street 1-1
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 28, Matt Daley 1, Rafael Betancourt 3, Huston Street 4
Game Information
Attendance - 46118
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Jim Reynolds