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Rockies 2, Brewers 0

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DENVER -- Upstaging Ubaldo Jimenez is difficult to do these days.

Jason Hammel, though, is giving it a good run.

Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies

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Hammel followed in the footsteps of the best pitcher in the majors, shutting down the Milwaukee Brewers for 7 1/3 innings as the injury-riddled Colorado Rockies held on for a 2-0 win Friday night.

That was a performance even Jimenez found impressive.

"He had really good stuff," said Jimenez, who leads the league with 13 wins and a 1.15 ERA. "I get excited every time he's pitching."

The right-handed Hammel ran his streak of scoreless innings to a career-best 25 1/3, proving that he can be a fine complement to the Rockies ace.

"It's nice to be mentioned with Ubaldo," Hammel said. "His stuff is a little better than me."

Hammel (5-3) also contributed offensively in the absence of slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who will be out for about six weeks after breaking his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch in Minnesota on Thursday. Hammel finished 1 for 2 with a double and a well-placed squeeze bunt in the second for just his second career RBI.

"Jason Hammel had himself some kind of night," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "I see a guy that's as focused as I saw during the course of our entire spring training."

For that, Hammel credits his time on the disabled list earlier this season. He needed that down period, just to clear his head from an 0-2 start and a 9.16 ERA.

By simplifying his approach, he's rekindled his form. Hammel is now 5-1 since returning from a strained right groin on May 15.

"He pitched great, but it was normal great pitching by a pitcher," Prince Fielder said. "It wasn't anything that was different. He was hitting his spots and when we had opportunities, and we didn't capitalize."

Hammel was pulled after giving up a one-out single to Ryan Braun in the eighth, the crowd giving him a robust round of applause as he exited.

Fielder then followed with a double off Joe Beimel, putting runners on second and third.

Rafael Betancourt was summoned in from the bullpen, getting Casey McGehee to pop out and then striking out Jonathan Lucroy on a 94-mph fastball.

It was a night that McGehee would rather forget. He also had a roller from Ryan Spilborghs sneak under his glove for a two-out single in the first that ultimately led to a run.

McGehee also popped out to Miguel Olivo in the first to help Hammel wiggle out of a one-out, bases loaded jam. That was really the only time the Brewers ever got Hammel on the ropes.

"If I catch a routine ground ball, if I hit two fly balls, it's a 2-1 game and we're out of here with a win," McGehee said. "It's as simple as that. This one's on me. simple as that. I've got to do a better job. This is unacceptable."

Milwaukee lefty Manny Parra (1-5) had a solid outing, surrendering two runs and six hits in six innings. This was Parra's 22nd appearance of the season, most coming as a reliever.

Brewers manager Ken Macha was ejected in the fourth for arguing a call with first base umpire Larry Vanover, who originally called Carlos Gomez safe after he appeared to avoid Todd Helton's tag on a sacrifice bunt down the line.

Tracy argued the call and the crew huddled before deciding Gomez was out for going outside of the basepath.

The mild-mannered Macha marched out, spoke his mind and was tossed for the first time since he took over the Brewers on Oct. 30, 2008.

"They just said they got the play right," Macha explained. "Their manager came out and then they called him out -- you'll have to take it from there."

Hammel helped his cause by laying down a suicide squeeze in the second inning with Ian Stewart breaking from third base. Hammel even had to jump out of the way from Parra's inside pitch, yet still got it in play.

The Rockies may need to scratch for runs by any means necessary with Tulowitzki's bat out of the lineup.

"Every little detail is vitally important," Tracy said. "Let's face it: It magnifies itself when you've lost a chunk of offense like that, and a very, very special player."

Notes

Rockies OF Brad Hawpe finished with two doubles. ... Braun went 2 for 3 with a walk. ... It was Colorado's ninth shutout of the season.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Colorado

J. Hammel
IP 7.1
H 7
ER 0
BB 2
K 4
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5010022 .251
Corey Hart, RF4010020 .263
Ryan Braun, LF3020100 .304
Prince Fielder, 1B3010101 .260
Casey McGehee, 3B4010005 .269
Jonathan Lucroy, C4010016 .308
Carlos Gomez, CF3000001 .237
Alcides Escobar, SS4010000 .248
Manny Parra, P2010002 .182
   a- Joe Inglett, PH1000010 .347
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
    Zach Braddock, P0000000 .000
   b- Craig Counsell, PH1010000 .284
Totals34010026  
a-struck out for Parra in the 7th
b-singled for Braddock in the 9th
Batting
2B - Prince Fielder (9, Beimel)
SH - Carlos Gomez (4)
SB - Alcides Escobar (5, 2nd base off Hammel/Olivo)
CS - Ryan Braun (1, 2nd base by Hammel/Olivo)
Team LOB - 10
Milwaukee Brewers
Manny Parra (L,1-5) 6622050 3.91
David Riske 1000010 0.00
Zach Braddock 1000010 4.82
Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 91-62, David Riske 11-8, Zach Braddock 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 7-6, Zach Braddock 1-1
Batters Faced - Manny Parra 24, David Riske 3, Zach Braddock 3
Colorado Rockies
Seth Smith, LF4000012 .263
Todd Helton, 1B4000021 .244
Ryan Spilborghs, CF4110020 .281
Brad Hawpe, RF3021000 .282
Miguel Olivo, C3000002 .304
Ian Stewart, 3B3110011 .261
Clint Barmes, SS3000001 .224
Jonathan Herrera, 2B3010000 .130
Jason Hammel, P2011010 .133
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
Totals2926207  
Batting
2B - Brad Hawpe 2 (14, Parra, Parra), Jason Hammel (1, Parra)
SH - Jason Hammel (5)
RBI - Brad Hawpe (23), Jason Hammel (1)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Hawpe (8)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Herrera-Barmes-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hammel (W,5-3) 7.1800240 4.03
Joe Beimel0100000 0.81
Rafael Betancourt (H,8) 0.2000010 5.48
Manuel Corpas (S,9) 1100010 2.37
WP - Jason Hammel (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 111-76, Joe Beimel 8-6, Rafael Betancourt 5-4, Manuel Corpas 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 10-6, Manuel Corpas 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 30, Joe Beimel 1, Rafael Betancourt 2, Manuel Corpas 4
Game Information
Attendance - 32340
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Jeff Nelson