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Rockies' Jimenez fans 13, becomes first six-game winner in majors

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SAN DIEGO -- When Ubaldo Jimenez started snapping off fastballs that reached 101 mph on the radar gun, Jim Tracy knew it was going to be a good night.

Jimenez struck out a career-high 13, became the first six-game winner in the majors this season and hit an RBI single to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 5-2 victory against the NL West-leading San Diego Padres on Monday night.

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Bull Pennings: Jimenez stands out

"The fastball tonight ranks up there with any of the other starts he has had up to this point," Tracy said of Jimenez, who was making his third start since throwing the franchise's first no-hitter on April 17 at Atlanta.

"That fastball was explosive, and it was being poured downhill, especially in the early part of the game," Tracy said. "And he did a very good job of sending the message within the first couple hitters of the game that he was going to establish it and he was going to throw it over the plate."

The hard-throwing Jimenez (6-0) held the Padres to one run and four hits in seven innings, with two walks.

He retired the last nine batters he faced, striking out five of the final six. His ERA rose from a major league-leading 0.79 to 0.87, dropping him into a tie with Livan Hernandez of the Washington Nationals.

Each Padres batter who got a hit off Jimenez struck out the next time up.

"He's become such a big-game pitcher, and he always knows where he's at," Tracy said. "He's grown so much. He's grown right before our eyes. He's becoming quite a force. This guy is a dynamic guy, boy. I couldn't be prouder for a young man."

His previous strikeout high was 11 at San Diego on May 10, 2008. It was his seventh career 10-strikeout game and his third against the Padres. His six-game winning streak, dating to Oct. 1, matches the club record set by Jorge De La Rosa last year.

"It's always fun to have strikeouts, but I didn't even think about it," he said. "Every time that I come here to San Diego, it's always good. Everything moves different. The breaking ball is really nasty, and my fastball moves a lot. So I love it here."

Jimenez, Joe Beimel and Rafael Betancourt combined for a six-hitter.

The Padres were coming off three shutouts in four games against the Milwaukee Brewers.

"He's throwing all his pitches for strikes," San Diego's Chase Headley said of Jimenez. "He's pounding the strike zone and he's getting ahead in the count. He's always had good stuff. But now he's pitching rather than just throwing."

Jimenez got all the backing he needed in the second when Carlos Gonzalez had a leadoff walk, Miguel Olivo a single and both scored on Clint Barmes' one-out double into the left-field corner.

San Diego got its first run in the fourth when Yorvit Torrealba, who left the Rockies as a free agent in the offseason, doubled with two outs to bring in Will Venable. Venable singled with one out and stole second.

That snapped Jimenez's scoreless innings streak at 25 1/3.

Tony Gwynn Jr. walked leading off the Padres' fifth and, after several pickoff attempts by Jimenez, stole second with two outs and took third when the throw from Olivo sailed into center field for an error. Barmes, the second baseman, ended the threat with a nice running catch of a line drive Headley.

"He did a good job, but I thought we did a good job against him," Headley said. "He got off the hook. We hit some balls hard. Breaks didn't go our way."

San Diego's Kevin Correia (4-2) saw his four-game winning streak snapped. He retired 11 in a row going into the seventh, when he walked Olivo and allowed Ian Stewart's double into the right-field corner. He was pulled for Edward Mujica, who struck out Barmes before allowing Jimenez's single to right-center to bring in Olivo. Gonzalez hit a two-run single off Joe Thatcher in the eighth.

Correia allowed three runs and four hits in six-plus innings, struck out four and walked two.

Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs had an RBI single in the Padres' ninth.

Notes

  • Tracy said RHP Taylor Buchholtz will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Modesto on Wednesday. He hasn't thrown a pitch since 2008 due to right elbow surgery. He is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on June 3.
  • LHP Jeff Francis will make rehab starts with Double-A Tulsa on May 6 and 11. He'll be reevaluated after each start.
  • RHP Huston Street will throw live batting practice in extended spring training on Tuesday, the first time he has thrown live BP this season.
  • After a shaky rehab start on Sunday, Padres RHP Chris Young will undergo an MRI in the next few days on his throwing shoulder, manager Bud Black said.
 
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Ubaldo Jimenez (6-0) victimizes the Padres. He holds them to four hits while striking out a career-high 13.  (AP)
Ubaldo Jimenez (6-0) victimizes the Padres. He holds them to four hits while striking out a career-high 13. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

U. Jimenez
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 13
San Diego

Y. Torrealba
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
Seth Smith, LF4000013 .204
    Ryan Spilborghs, LF0000000 .205
Dexter Fowler, CF4110010 .255
Todd Helton, 1B3110100 .269
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3000001 .301
Carlos Gonzalez, RF3112111 .330
Miguel Olivo, C3210100 .279
Ian Stewart, 3B3010112 .280
Clint Barmes, 2B4012013 .200
Ubaldo Jimenez, P3011001 .188
    Joe Beimel, P1000010 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
Totals3157546  
Batting
2B - Ian Stewart (4, Correia), Clint Barmes (6, Correia)
SH - Troy Tulowitzki (1)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (19), Clint Barmes 2 (9), Ubaldo Jimenez (2)
CS - Carlos Gonzalez (3, 2nd base by Gallagher/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Miguel Olivo (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,6-0) 74112130 0.87
Joe Beimel 1000000 1.04
Rafael Betancourt 1211020 6.10
HBP - Eckstein (by Ubaldo Jimenez)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 120-73, Joe Beimel 13-8, Rafael Betancourt 24-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 4-4, Joe Beimel 1-2, Rafael Betancourt 1-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 28, Joe Beimel 3, Rafael Betancourt 5
San Diego Padres
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3000120 .241
David Eckstein, 2B3000001 .250
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000032 .281
Chase Headley, 3B4010011 .324
Will Venable, RF3110022 .235
   a- Oscar Salazar, PH1000010 .111
Scott Hairston, LF4010031 .269
Yorvit Torrealba, C4121011 .314
Lance Zawadzki, SS2000111 .200
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Sean Gallagher, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Stairs, PH1011000 .176
Kevin Correia, P2000013 .182
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   c- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH-SS2000001 .215
Totals33262215  
a-struck out for Venable in the 9th
b-singled for Gallagher in the 9th
c-grounded out for Mujica in the 7th
Batting
2B - Scott Hairston (2, Jimenez), Yorvit Torrealba (2, Jimenez)
RBI - Yorvit Torrealba (9), Matt Stairs (4)
2-OUT RBI - Yorvit Torrealba (4), Matt Stairs (1)
SB - Tony Gwynn Jr. (6, 3rd base off Jimenez/Olivo), Will Venable (7, 2nd base off Jimenez/Olivo)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez-Torrealba-Headley, Hairston-Eckstein-Gonzalez
E - Yorvit Torrealba (1, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Kevin Correia (L,4-2) 6433240 3.97
Edward Mujica 1100010 1.93
Joe Thatcher 0.1222100 9.00
Sean Gallagher 1.2000110 6.92
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 106-64, Edward Mujica 14-9, Joe Thatcher 13-7, Sean Gallagher 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 11-4, Edward Mujica 1-0, Joe Thatcher 1-0, Sean Gallagher 2-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 25, Edward Mujica 3, Joe Thatcher 4, Sean Gallagher 4
Game Information
Attendance - 15052
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg