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Jimenez rebounds as Rockies end eight-game skid

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DENVER -- Ubaldo Jimenez was back to All-Star form and the Rockies found their groove at the plate. It all adds up to one thing: A return to the win column for Colorado.

Jimenez rebounded from two rough starts to pitch seven effective innings and the Rockies snapped an eight-game skid with a 9-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

"It feels good to get that behind us," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "It was good to see Ubaldo bounce back."

Carlos Gonzalez and Brad Hawpe homered and Clint Barmes had two hits and three RBI for the Rockies, who had dropped 11 of 13.

Jimenez (16-2) returned to the form that earned him a start in the All-Star Game. He was hit hard by Florida on July 19 and lasted just two innings Saturday against Philadelphia, but he bounced back against Pittsburgh. Jimenez allowed one run and four hits, struck out six and walked three. He moved within a victory of tying the franchise record for wins held by three pitchers.

His 16 victories leads the majors.

"It feels really good, not just for me but for the team," said Jimenez, who won for the first time since the All-Star break. "We needed to get back on track."

The Rockies used 15 hits and timely two-out offense to snap their longest losing streak since June 2008. A day before the All-Star break they had a chance to move into a first-place tie with San Diego but entered Thursday nine games behind the NL West leading Padres.

The Rockies failed to scored more than four runs in a game during the losing streak.

"It's never fun to lose eight games in a row, especially where we're at record-wise and in the division," Barmes said. "This is a big game for us to come out to win."

Neil Walker homered for the Pirates, who were trying for their first three-game road sweep in two seasons.

The Pirates got on the board first. Jose Tabata led off the game with an infield single and came home on Garrett Jones' two-out double.

The Rockies tied it in the bottom of the inning on Gonzalez's solo home run, his team-leading 19th.

Colorado broke it open in the second. Ryan Spilborghs drew a one-out walk, Miguel Olivo singled and the runners moved to second and third on third baseman Pedro Alvarez's throwing error.

Paul Maholm intentionally walked Ian Stewart to load the bases, and after striking out Jimenez, Dexter Fowler doubled home two runs. Barmes followed with a two-run single to make it 5-1.

That was more than enough for Jimenez, who earned his first win since July 8.

"When you've got a four-run lead with Ubaldo on the mound you can start to relax more at the plate," Barmes said.

Olivo had an RBI single in the fifth and the Rockies added two more in the sixth. Barmes' RBI single chased Maholm, and after reliever Steven Jackson entered Troy Tulowitzki hit a sacrifice fly to make it 8-1.

"They didn't take big swings," Maholm said. "They just kind of put the ball in play and hit it over into short right."

Maholm (6-9) gave up eight runs and 11 hits. He walked three and struck out three in 5 1/3 innings.

"It didn't seem like he got in much of a rhythm today," Pirates manager John Russell said. "There were times he threw the ball very well but I think the biggest thing that hurt him today was that he had trouble putting hitters away."

Hawpe homered in the seventh and Walker hit a two-run homer off Rafael Betancourt in the eighth to make it 9-3.

Tracy was happy to see his team keep adding runs.

"It's exactly what hadn't been there for the road trip and the first two games of this series," he said.

Notes

  • Pirates RHP Ross Olhendorf says he's fine after taking a line drive to the head in his start Wednesday. He plans to make his scheduled start Monday.
  • Pittsburgh CF Andrew McCutchen was a late lineup scratch due to a sore right shoulder. He is day to day.
  • Rockies closer Huston Street (right abdominal contusion) pitched the ninth after being cleared to play before the game.
 
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Ubaldo Jimenez pitches seven innings of four-hit ball to bounce back from two rough starts. (AP)
Ubaldo Jimenez pitches seven innings of four-hit ball to bounce back from two rough starts. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Barmes
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Colorado

U. Jimenez
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 3
K 6
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Tabata, CF4220001 .285
Delwyn Young, RF3010011 .254
    Steven Jackson, P0000000 .000
   a- Andy LaRoche, PH1000011 .228
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
Neil Walker, 2B4112001 .306
Garrett Jones, 1B4011021 .277
Pedro Alvarez, 3B3000100 .235
Ryan Church, LF3000121 .183
Bobby Crosby, SS3000110 .224
Jason Jaramillo, C3000012 .143
Paul Maholm, P2010000 .071
    Lastings Milledge, RF1000000 .269
Totals3136338  
a-struck out for Jackson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Garrett Jones (23, Jimenez)
HR - Neil Walker (5, Betancourt)
RBI - Neil Walker 2 (26), Garrett Jones (61)
2-OUT RBI - Neil Walker 2 (7), Garrett Jones (11)
PK - Garrett Jones (1, Jimenez)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Alvarez-Walker-G. Jones
E - Pedro Alvarez (6, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Paul Maholm (L,6-9) 5.11188331 4.52
Steven Jackson 1.2411011 4.50
Javier Lopez 1000000 2.58
IBB - Stewart by Paul Maholm
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 120-74, Steven Jackson 25-16, Javier Lopez 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 8-4, Steven Jackson 1-3, Javier Lopez 3-0
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 29, Steven Jackson 9, Javier Lopez 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5232001 .224
Clint Barmes, 2B-SS5123002 .252
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5121001 .308
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3011010 .305
   a- Jonathan Herrera, PH-2B1000000 .280
Melvin Mora, 1B5120000 .257
Ryan Spilborghs, RF3110103 .278
Miguel Olivo, C4121001 .306
Ian Stewart, 3B2100222 .253
Ubaldo Jimenez, P3010014 .120
   b- Brad Hawpe, PH1111000 .262
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Totals37915934  
a-grounded out for Tulowitzki in the 8th
b-homered for Jimenez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (11, Maholm)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (19, Maholm), Brad Hawpe (7, Jackson)
SF - Troy Tulowitzki (3)
RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (13), Clint Barmes 3 (47), Carlos Gonzalez (64), Troy Tulowitzki (36), Miguel Olivo (44), Brad Hawpe (35)
2-OUT RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (2), Clint Barmes 2 (19), Carlos Gonzalez (15), Miguel Olivo (17), Brad Hawpe (9)
SB - Dexter Fowler (10, 2nd base off Maholm/Jaramillo), Clint Barmes (3, 2nd base off Maholm/Jaramillo)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Barmes-Mora
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,16-2) 7411360 2.67
Rafael Betancourt 1222021 4.86
Huston Street 1000000 2.81
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 123-72, Rafael Betancourt 17-14, Huston Street 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 6-7, Rafael Betancourt 1-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 26, Rafael Betancourt 5, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34158
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Jeff Nelson