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Jimenez ineffective, but Giambi's walk-off HR completes Rockies' rally

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DENVER -- Ubaldo Jimenez was feeling down before pinch-hitter Jason Giambi's clutch home run in the ninth inning had him jumping around the clubhouse, his bad outing forgotten and his aches and pains suddenly soothed.

Giambi's two-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies overcame a shaky game from their ailing ace to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-6 on Wednesday night.

"They picked me up," Jimenez said. "It's not about me, it's about the team. ... We got the win, everything is forgotten about, when you win like that. I don't even think about my stats."

Seeking to become the first NL pitcher in nearly a century to win 14 of his first 15 starts, Jimenez was staked to an early four-run lead, which seemed safe considering he hadn't allowed more than three runs in a start all season.

But he gave up six runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings against Boston in the worst game of his otherwise spectacular season.

"He's human; he's not a machine," manager Jim Tracy said. "And he's allowed to have a game like this."

Jimenez had been sent home sick the night before and labored through his outing, but didn't want to blame it on his health.

"I just had a bad game," Jimenez shrugged.

Giambi, who has struggled in his new role as an occasional ninth-inning pinch hitter, sent a 1-0 off-speed pitch into the right-field seats to give Colorado its second successive thrilling victory against the Red Sox, who celebrated their 2007 World Series title on this field.

"Pap in the ninth with the lead? We figured that should be enough," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Papelbon tried to elevate and it got away and ... Wow!"

Giambi's shot was only the second home run by a lefty batter off the All-Star closer all year and it came after Ian Stewart tied it at 6 with a leadoff drive against Papelbon (2-4), who blew his second save in 18 chances.

Stewart's home run was his eighth of the season but his first at Coors Field.

"The home run that Ian hit, actually I believe is a month's worth of frustration taken out on one swing, the way he hit that ball," Tracy said. "The at-bat by the Giambino, what can you say?"

The Rockies have been offensively challenged all season and the only reason they're not buried in the standings is Jimenez. But this victory went to Manny Corpas (2-4), who threw a scoreless ninth.

Until Stewart's shot, Boston right-hander John Lackey was in line for the victory after allowing five runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. He helped himself out with two hits off Jimenez after entering the game only 1 for 31 at the plate in his major-league career.

Despite hitting 100 mph with his fastball, Jimenez struggled and didn't even make it out of the sixth in his bid to set a franchise record with wins in eight consecutive starts. It was his shortest outing of the season and his ERA jumped from 1.15 to 1.60.

"Early, he looked unhittable," Francona said. "I know he's sick, but the stuff he was throwing early was as good as you're ever going to see."

Jimenez, who had a stretch of 10 starts from April 17 to June 6 when he gave up a total of six runs, was tagged for two in the second and four more in the sixth as the Red Sox rallied to take a 6-5 lead.

Daniel Nava hit a two-run double in the fourth and sparked the sixth-inning outburst with an RBI double off Jimenez. Darnell McDonald hit a tying two-run homer with two outs, and Lackey doubled and scored on Marco Scutaro's single to give Boston the lead.

That chased Jimenez, who was trying to become the first National League pitcher since Rube Marquard to win at least 14 of his first 15 starts. Marquard won his first 18 starts for the New York Giants in 1912.

Miguel Olivo hit a two-run drive off Lackey in the second inning for his 10th home run and Colorado added two more in the third. Brad Hawpe drove in a run with a groundout and Seth Smith's sacrifice fly made it 4-0.

After Nava's double in the fourth made it 4-2, Jimenez drove in Clint Barmes with a single to right.

Although players on both teams knew Jimenez wasn't feeling well, Tracy bristled when asked how that affected his ace.

"I don't even want to go there," Tracy said. "You know something, I looked up on that board, for the majority of the time that he was out there through six innings, I saw pitches over 100 mph. I saw 97 mph."

And Jimenez still threw well enough to give the Rockies a chance, Tracy insisted.

"We were trailing 6-5 and in a great position to win the game. We needed to help him out a little bit and help ourselves out a little bit," Tracy said. "He didn't execute a couple of pitches in some critical situations ... When you do that against a club the caliber of this one that we're playing, you're going to pay for that. It's as simple as that. It's not the flu."

Notes

  • Huston Street replaced Jimenez in his first appearance of the season after spending 2½ months on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and a strained left groin. The closer allowed one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
 
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Jason Giambi watches his 412th career home run leave the yard and send the Rockies to victory.  (AP)
Jason Giambi watches his 412th career home run leave the yard and send the Rockies to victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Giambi
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

D. Nava
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Boston Red Sox
Marco Scutaro, SS5021011 .282
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5110023 .280
Victor Martinez, C-1B5130002 .297
David Ortiz, 1B4000023 .254
    Daniel Bard, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Cameron, PH1000001 .265
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Adrian Beltre, 3B3100003 .336
Daniel Nava, LF3123100 .382
Josh Reddick, RF4000023 .174
Darnell McDonald, CF4122011 .276
John Lackey, P3120011 .500
    Jason Varitek, C1000011 .272
Totals386126110  
a-flied out for Bard in the 9th
Batting
2B - Daniel Nava 2 (7, Jimenez, Jimenez), John Lackey (1, Jimenez)
HR - Darnell McDonald (4, Jimenez)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (24), Daniel Nava 3 (10), Darnell McDonald 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro (10), Daniel Nava 2 (4), Darnell McDonald 2 (8)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Reddick 1
Boston Red Sox
John Lackey 6.21055071 4.69
Daniel Bard (H,16) 1.1000010 2.13
Jonathan Papelbon (BS,2; L,2-4) 0.1333002 3.64
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 110-72, Daniel Bard 13-10, Jonathan Papelbon 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 8-4, Daniel Bard 3-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 29, Daniel Bard 4, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Colorado Rockies
Jonathan Herrera, 2B4110011 .250
   a- Jason Giambi, PH1112000 .206
Todd Helton, 1B4120011 .252
Carlos Gonzalez, CF4020001 .302
Brad Hawpe, RF3001011 .275
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .333
   b- Melvin Mora, PH1000000 .257
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
Seth Smith, LF3111010 .273
Miguel Olivo, C4112021 .300
Ian Stewart, 3B4121010 .257
Clint Barmes, SS4220010 .225
Ubaldo Jimenez, P2011000 .108
    Ryan Spilborghs, RF1000000 .270
Totals35813808  
a-homered for Herrera in the 9th
b-grounded out for Belisle in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (9, Lackey), Clint Barmes (16, Lackey)
3B - Seth Smith (4, Lackey)
HR - Jason Giambi (3, Papelbon), Miguel Olivo (10, Lackey), Ian Stewart (8, Papelbon)
SF - Seth Smith (3)
SH - Ryan Spilborghs (1)
RBI - Jason Giambi 2 (13), Brad Hawpe (26), Seth Smith (32), Miguel Olivo 2 (32), Ian Stewart (31), Ubaldo Jimenez (3)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Herrera-Helton
PB - Miguel Olivo (5)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez 5.21066071 1.60
Huston Street 1.1100010 0.00
Franklin Morales 0.1000100 4.50
Matt Belisle 0.2000020 3.07
Manuel Corpas (W,2-4) 1100000 4.08
HBP - Beltre (by Ubaldo Jimenez)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 106-72, Huston Street 17-11, Franklin Morales 10-5, Matt Belisle 9-6, Manuel Corpas 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 4-6, Huston Street 1-1, Manuel Corpas 1-2
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 28, Huston Street 4, Franklin Morales 2, Matt Belisle 2, Manuel Corpas 4
Game Information
Attendance - 48243
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Tom Hallion