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Rockies' Jimenez riddles Giants for MLB-best 17th win

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DENVER -- Ubaldo Jimenez normally baffles teams with his pitching, but he also used his legs to cool off the streaking Giants on Wednesday.

Jimenez won his major league-leading 17th game and scored the decisive run from first base as the Colorado Rockies beat San Francisco 6-1. The Giants had been 10-2 against the NL West since the All-Star break.

"Ooh, that was a long way," Jimenez said, only half joking. "I couldn't get my breath again until the fifth inning. I was really tired."

Carlos Gonzalez homered twice and Troy Tulowitzki also went deep for the streaking Rockies, who have won five of six and also played their best baseball of the season since the break.

Jimenez (17-2) became the fourth Rockies pitcher to win 17 games and the first since Jeff Francis did it in 2007, when Colorado reached the World Series. Kevin Ritz (1996) and Pedro Astacio (1999) were the other pitchers to win 17 games in a season for the franchise.

"It's not easy to win 17 games here. I really take pride in what I've been able to accomplish," Jimenez said. "I'm honored to be on that list."

The Rockies' ace rebounded from a rare poor start against San Francisco on July 3, when he allowed seven runs in the third inning in an 11-8 loss. This time, he allowed only one run and four hits while striking out nine in seven dazzling innings.

"It's his best start since the All-Star break," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He was in command and control of everything today."

San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy agreed.

"He had his pitches going today and put them where he wanted," Bochy said.

Jimenez helped his own cause, too, when the Rockies took the lead a 2-0 lead the second.

Chris Iannetta led off with a single and moved to third on Jimenez's two-out infield single. Ryan Spilborghs followed with a double to the gap in left-center field and Jimenez raced around the bases as his helmet flew off. He said he was ready to slide until Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa cut off the relay to throw out Spilborghs at third.

"I saw Posey was in front of home plate and I was like, 'Uh oh,"' Jimenez said. "That ball was in the gap so I'm supposed to score."

His teammates were impressed with his quick recovery.

"When we have to run from first to home and go out to the outfield, for me it's tough," Gonzalez said. "He's a really good athlete and he was able to come back."

Jimenez came back to strike out the side in the top of the third.

Gonzalez looked overmatched in his first two at-bats against Madison Bumgarner (4-4). He struck out twice, first on a 75-mph curveball and then a ball in the dirt, before hitting a two-run homer in the fifth inning to make it 4-0.

"It was hard for me to pick up the ball at the beginning of the game," Gonzalez said. "He throws sidearm sometimes and it's tough for lefty-lefty. I made the adjustment in my third at-bat and hit the home run."

He notched his first career multihomer game when he hit his 23rd off reliever Denny Bautista with two outs in the sixth. Tulowitzki followed with his 10th homer, the fifth time Colorado has hit back-to-back home runs this season. Gonzalez has been part of four of them.

"He's just tough," Bumgarner said. "He's hot right now and he's a good hitter."

The Giants got their only run in the sixth when Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey hit consecutive two-out doubles to make it 4-1.

Notes

  • Posey left the game in the seventh inning after taking a foul ball off his right shoulder. Bochy said Posey could have stayed in the game but the manager didn't want to take any chances.
  • Bumgarner allowed four runs on nine hit in four-plus innings.
  • Rockies 3B Melvin Mora left the game with a left knee contusion after being hit by a pitch in the fifth.
  • Posey was the NL player of the month for July, after hitting .417 with seven home runs and 24 RBI. He led the league with 43 hits in the month.
  • Rockies CF Dexter Fowler came into the game in the eighth as a defensive replacement. It was his first action since bruising his ribs and left hip running into the wall against the Cubs on Sunday.
 
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Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez not only gets it done on the mound but also shows off his skills on the basepaths.  (AP)
Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez not only gets it done on the mound but also shows off his skills on the basepaths. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Colorado

U. Jimenez
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 9
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF4000040 .286
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4020000 .267
Aubrey Huff, RF-LF4120002 .312
Buster Posey, C3011002 .355
    Eli Whiteside, C1000010 .248
Pat Burrell, LF1000201 .249
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   a- Aaron Rowand, PH1000010 .251
Travis Ishikawa, 1B4000033 .299
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3000021 .263
Edgar Renteria, SS3000010 .275
Madison Bumgarner, P2000010 .143
    Denny Bautista, P00000001.000
    Nate Schierholtz, RF1000010 .242
Totals31151214  
a-struck out for Mota in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (25, Jimenez), Buster Posey (11, Jimenez)
RBI - Buster Posey (37)
2-OUT RBI - Buster Posey (13)
CS - Pat Burrell (2, 2nd base by Jimenez/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Pat Burrell 1
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner (L,4-4) 4944131 3.20
Denny Bautista 1.2322122 3.74
Santiago Casilla 1.1000000 2.88
Guillermo Mota 1000000 3.35
IBB - Barmes by Denny Bautista
HBP - Mora (by Denny Bautista), Iannetta (by Denny Bautista)
WP - Denny Bautista (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 89-59, Denny Bautista 48-25, Santiago Casilla 11-6, Guillermo Mota 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 5-3, Denny Bautista 3-0, Santiago Casilla 1-2, Guillermo Mota 1-2
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 21, Denny Bautista 11, Santiago Casilla 3, Guillermo Mota 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Spilborghs, LF-RF5012011 .273
Todd Helton, 1B5120010 .250
Carlos Gonzalez, CF-LF4223021 .319
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4131000 .308
Melvin Mora, 3B2010002 .284
    Ian Stewart, PR-3B1010000 .257
Chris Iannetta, C3110002 .216
Brad Hawpe, RF3000101 .253
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .333
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
Clint Barmes, 2B3000112 .248
Ubaldo Jimenez, P3110004 .132
    Dexter Fowler, CF1000000 .238
Totals34612625  
Batting
2B - Ryan Spilborghs (12, Bumgarner), Troy Tulowitzki (21, Bumgarner)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (23, Bumgarner, D. Bautista), Troy Tulowitzki (10, D. Bautista)
RBI - Ryan Spilborghs 2 (22), Carlos Gonzalez 3 (72), Troy Tulowitzki (42)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Spilborghs 2 (8), Carlos Gonzalez (17), Troy Tulowitzki (12)
SB - Brad Hawpe (2, 2nd base off Bumgarner/Posey)
CS - Ian Stewart (2, 2nd base by Casilla/Posey)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Iannetta-Tulowitzki
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,17-2) 7411290 2.61
Matt Belisle 1100020 2.49
Rafael Betancourt 1000030 4.76
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 118-69, Matt Belisle 12-10, Rafael Betancourt 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 2-9, Matt Belisle 1-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 26, Matt Belisle 4, Rafael Betancourt 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37278
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Sam Holbrook