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Rockies 5, Mets 2

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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies' celebration over Jason Giambi's heroics quickly turned to concern over closer Huston Street's ailing right arm.

Giambi's pinch-hit two-run single off Brian Stokes broke an eighth-inning tie and powered the Rockies to a 5-2 victory against the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

But the crowd's cheers quieted when left-handed setup man Franklin Morales jogged out from the bullpen instead of Street, who has 33 saves in 34 chances.

  Rockies closer Street sidelined with biceps tendinitis

"He has a little tightness in his biceps area," Rockies manager Jim Tracy explained. "It was a little bit tight last night and it wasn't loosening up real good while we were rallying in the eighth inning."

So, Franklin pitched the ninth for his first career save instead of Street, who said he initially blamed the tightness Tuesday night on having not pitched in a week.

"I didn't like the decision, but it was the right call," said Street, who had ice packs and a muscle stimulator on his biceps after the game.

"This late in the season, you can't afford to mess up and be down two or three weeks, when it might be only four or five days to a week if we just be smart about it and shut it down."

Street said he hasn't had this kind of injury since high school, but was confident he was avoiding a longer layoff by not trying to work through the injury.

Giambi's first hit for the Rockies made a winner of Ubaldo Jimenez, who outdueled Tim Redding and kept Colorado atop the NL wild-card race by a game over San Francisco.

"That's one of the reasons I came here, to help this team down the stretch," Giambi said.

With the bases full and the crowd on its feet waving white giveaway T-shirts, Giambi, pinch-hitting for Clint Barmes, lined Stokes' first offering into center field just over the outstretched glove of a leaping shortstop Anderson Hernandez near the second base bag, making it 4-2.

"We had him played just right. Our shortstop wasn't tall enough," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

Giambi, who was jettisoned by Oakland this summer, signed with Colorado last week and was called up from the minor leagues Tuesday for just these kinds of circumstances. On Tuesday night, he walked on four pitches with the bases full. This time, he didn't hesitate to jump on the first strike he saw.

"I've seen him do that too many times," said Mets outfielder Gary Sheffield, who played with Giambi on the Yankees from 2004-06. "He's a professional hitter. He doesn't panic in those situations."

Giambi has said he doesn't mind going from full-time slugger to part-time player, one who's called upon for his clubhouse leadership as much as his late-inning at-bats.

"It's kind of a new experience for me, but at the same time I enjoy being in that spot," the 38-year-old veteran said. "I'm thankful that the Rockies came calling and gave me this opportunity. ... Like I said, there are no small roles in a chance to win a pennant."

Yorvit Torrealba followed Giambi's electrifying moment with a run-scoring single off Stokes (2-4), extending his career-best hitting streak to 12 games.

Jimenez (13-10), who went 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA in August, allowed two earned runs on five hits in eight spectacular innings as he worked at least into the sixth for the 24th consecutive time -- and got the win to show for it thanks to Giambi.

"I knew he would deliver," Jimenez said. "I knew he would come through and he did."

Giambi has just as much praise for Jimenez, whose only mistake was a hanging curve that Jeff Francoeur deposited over the left-field wall in the second inning, his 12th home run tying the game at 2.

"You're looking at a future Cy Young winner," Giambi said. "If he can get his whole game together: overpowering fastball, great stuff, great mound presence. Yeah, he's definitely one of those guys who has the potential to be phenomenal in this league. The ball explodes out of his hand."

Tim Redding matched Jimenez inning for inning in his third strong start since rejoining the Mets' rotation Aug. 22. He surrendered two earned runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings with one walk and six strikeouts.

Seth Smith sent his 12th home run into the rock pile in straightaway center to tie it at 1 in the first inning.

Notes

Mets slugger Carlos Beltran, sidelined since June 22 with a bone bruise on his right knee, began a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday night for Class A Brooklyn. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI as the DH. ... Newly acquired RHP Jose Contreras threw a bullpen session Wednesday as he prepares for his Rockies debut Saturday night against Arizona.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

S. Smith
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Colorado

U. Jimenez
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
 
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4110001 .297
Luis Castillo, 2B4010011 .308
Daniel Murphy, 1B2001000 .258
   a- David Wright, PH1000000 .323
Jeff Francoeur, RF4111001 .269
Cory Sullivan, LF2010100 .272
   b- Nick Evans, PH1000010 .231
Fernando Tatis, 3B3000012 .260
Brian Schneider, C3000012 .185
Wilson Valdez, SS2000011 .233
   c- Jeremy Reed, PH1010000 .248
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Tim Redding, P2000000 .048
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   d- Anderson Hernandez, PH-SS1000001 .254
Totals3025215  
a-grounded out for Murphy in the 9th
b-struck out for Sullivan in the 9th
c-singled for Valdez in the 8th
d-hit into fielder's choice-bunting for Feliciano in the 8th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (12, Jimenez)
HR - Jeff Francoeur (12, Jimenez)
SF - Daniel Murphy (6)
RBI - Daniel Murphy (47), Jeff Francoeur (66)
SB - Cory Sullivan (6, 2nd base off Jimenez/Torrealba), Anderson Hernandez (6, 2nd base off Jimenez/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Angel Pagan 1
New York Mets
Tim Redding 6.2722161 5.70
Pedro Feliciano 0.1100010 3.08
Brian Stokes (L,1-4) 0.1333300 3.72
Francisco Rodriguez 0.2000010 3.02
IBB - Stewart by Brian Stokes
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Redding 114-74, Pedro Feliciano 6-4, Brian Stokes 21-9, Francisco Rodriguez 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Redding 6-7, Brian Stokes 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Redding 27, Pedro Feliciano 2, Brian Stokes 7, Francisco Rodriguez 2
Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez, CF5020003 .292
Seth Smith, LF4211126 .302
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .400
Todd Helton, 1B4020001 .329
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3121100 .286
Brad Hawpe, RF4110023 .295
Ian Stewart, 3B3100120 .229
Clint Barmes, 2B3000000 .242
   a- Jason Giambi, PH1012000 .196
    Omar Quintanilla, PR-2B0000000 .157
Yorvit Torrealba, C4011010 .278
Ubaldo Jimenez, P3010010 .235
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-LF0000100 .254
Totals34511548  
a-singled for Barmes in the 8th
b-walked for Jimenez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (35, Redding), Troy Tulowitzki (24, Redding), Brad Hawpe (38, Stokes)
HR - Seth Smith (12, Redding)
RBI - Seth Smith (39), Troy Tulowitzki (74), Jason Giambi 2 (43), Yorvit Torrealba (15)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (19)
SB - Yorvit Torrealba (1, 2nd base off Stokes/Schneider)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Barmes-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,13-10) 8522141 3.28
Franklin Morales (S,1) 1000010 2.93
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 109-64, Franklin Morales 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 14-5, Franklin Morales 1-1
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 29, Franklin Morales 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26276
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Tim McClelland