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Jimenez outduels Giants' Lincecum, Rockies extend wild-card lead

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DENVER -- Ubaldo Jimenez had to pitch like an ace to beat Tim Lincecum, and that's exactly what he did.

Jimenez threw eight strong innings, outdueling Lincecum, and Seth Smith hit a two-run homer in the seventh that carried the Colorado Rockies past the San Francisco Giants 4-2.

"We knew what we were getting into when we came to the park," Smith said, referring to the pitching matchup. "We knew what it was going to be like and it lived up to its billing."

Jimenez looked forward to facing Lincecum but didn't worry about being compared to the 2008 NL Cy Young Award winner.

"I just leave that to everybody else," Jimenez said. "I'm not thinking about if I deserve to be in Lincecum's league. I know he's one of the greatest pitchers."

Held hitless by Lincecum for 5 1/3 innings, the Rockies rallied to move three games ahead of San Francisco in the NL wild-card race. Jimenez (12-9) won his sixth consecutive decision for Colorado, which has taken two of three in a four-games series that concludes Monday night at Coors Field.

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Lincecum (12-4) was working on a no-hit bid in the sixth when Todd Helton singled off the glove of shortstop Edgar Renteria. Brad Hawpe walked with two outs and Ian Stewart's RBI single cut the Giants' lead to 2-1.

Lincecum then walked Omar Quintanilla to start the seventh. After Jimenez's sacrifice bunt, Smith hit a 1-0 changeup into the second deck in right to give Colorado a 3-2 lead.

"Balls do weird things here and a changeup was left up and cut right back into his bat," Lincecum said. "He put a great swing on it."

Smith said he was looking fastball but was able to stay back to hit the changeup.

"When I hit it I knew I got it," he said.

Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth for his 33rd save in 34 chances.

In the first five innings, Lincecum wasn't always sharp, but he was effective. He walked three batters and hit another with a pitch but allowed only one runner as far as second base.

Early, his most troublesome inning was the second when he walked Hawpe and Chris Iannetta, but Quintanilla lined out to left to end the inning.

Lincecum surrendered three runs and three hits in seven innings. He walked a season-high five and struck out seven.

"I was battling myself," he said. "I was erratic and all over the place with the five walks and the hit batter. I just didn't know what was going on out there. I had a hard time finding it, but I still managed to get through the first five all right."

Jimenez was sharp throughout. His only hiccup came in the second when he gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Garko and one-out homer to Renteria that gave San Francisco a 2-0 lead.

"He made one mistake all game," Iannetta said. "He battled, he pitched out of every situation he got in and he gave us a chance to win."

The Giants threatened to tie it in the eighth when Eugenio Velez led off with a double and moved to third on Randy Winn's groundout. Jimenez induced Pablo Sandoval to ground sharply to Helton at first for the second out, then retired Bengie Molina on a fly to left to end the inning.

"We had the right guys up," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We get a leadoff double, we moved him over and had our 3-4 hitters and Jimenez made some good pitches."

Jimenez gave up six hits, struck out nine and walked two. It was the third game in a row he has pitched eight innings and the 22nd consecutive start he has gone at least six.

"I think we'd be hard pressed to come up with a name of somebody on someone else's staff who's done that," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "That's pretty special."

The Rockies scored an insurance run in the eighth. They loaded the bases with one out against reliever Jeremy Affeldt and, after Sergio Romo struck out pinch-hitter Garrett Atkins, he hit Clint Barmes with a 1-0 pitch to force in Troy Tulowitzki.

Notes

  • Colorado OF Carlos Gonzalez was not in the lineup after sustaining a cut on his left hand. The Rockies said Gonzalez hurt himself when he caught a steak knife as it fell off a plate while he was putting a dish in the kitchen sink at home after Saturday's win. He needed one stitch to close the wound. Tracy said Gonzalez could be used as a pinch runner or defensive replacement Monday and could return to the lineup Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • The Rockies signed RHP Russ Ortiz to a minor league contract.
  • Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez (sore left shoulder) missed his sixth consecutive game and is doubtful for the series finale.
 
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Ubaldo Jimenez fans nine, while yielding two runs on six hits and two walks over eight innings.  (Getty Images)
Ubaldo Jimenez fans nine, while yielding two runs on six hits and two walks over eight innings. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Colorado

S. Smith
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

E. Renteria
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, 2B4010020 .276
Randy Winn, LF3010101 .269
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4010012 .332
Bengie Molina, C4010012 .261
Nate Schierholtz, RF4000023 .292
Ryan Garko, 1B3110000 .275
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B1000010 .260
Aaron Rowand, CF4000021 .280
Edgar Renteria, SS2112100 .260
Tim Lincecum, P3000021 .164
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .500
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Totals32262211  
Batting
2B - Eugenio Velez (8, Jimenez)
HR - Edgar Renteria (3, Jimenez)
RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (42)
CS - Pablo Sandoval (5, 2nd base by Jimenez/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Travis Ishikawa (3, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum (L,12-4) 7333571 2.43
Jeremy Affeldt 0.1110100 1.91
Sergio Romo 0.2000010 4.70
HBP - Iannetta (by Tim Lincecum), Barmes (by Sergio Romo)
WP - Tim Lincecum (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 121-70, Jeremy Affeldt 22-12, Sergio Romo 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 5-9, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Sergio Romo 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 30, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Sergio Romo 3
Colorado Rockies
Seth Smith, LF4112012 .297
    Ryan Spilborghs, LF1000003 .251
Dexter Fowler, CF4000021 .274
Todd Helton, 1B4110011 .321
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4110001 .276
Brad Hawpe, RF2000210 .302
Ian Stewart, 3B4011011 .227
Chris Iannetta, C1000212 .221
Omar Quintanilla, 2B2100103 .167
   a- Garrett Atkins, PH1000013 .225
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Ubaldo Jimenez, P1000101 .234
   b- Clint Barmes, PH-2B0001000 .251
Totals2844468  
a-struck out for Quintanilla in the 8th
b-hit by pitch for Jimenez in the 8th
Batting
HR - Seth Smith (11, Lincecum)
SH - Ubaldo Jimenez (8)
RBI - Seth Smith 2 (35), Ian Stewart (59), Clint Barmes (66)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Stewart (26), Clint Barmes (25)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Iannetta-Tulowitzki
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,12-9) 8622291 3.36
Huston Street (S,33) 1000020 3.08
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 119-73, Huston Street 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 8-6
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 31, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 48704
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Bill Miller