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Upton hits go-ahead homer off Jimenez to lift D-Backs

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PHOENIX -- Justin Upton didn't have a hit in 15 at-bats against Colorado ace Ubaldo Jimenez before Saturday night.

But Upton got two against him Saturday night, including a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning that sent the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Rockies 3-1.

Jimenez (17-4) lost for the third time in his last six starts despite allowing only three hits in six innings. The last-place Diamondbacks sent Colorado to its third loss in a row.

Upton broke his hitless streak against Jimenez with a double in the fourth.

"He gave me two good pitches to hit," Upton said. "Every time, you're going to get electric fastball, good breaking stuff and good offspeed stuff. It's more being able to wait him out."

It was 1-all when Upton connected with two outs for his 17th home run.

Asked what pitch he hit for the homer, Upton was honest.

"I have no clue," he said. "I just saw a ball coming at me and I swung at it."

Barry Enright (4-2) continued his run of quality starts for Arizona since being called up from Double-A on June 30. He gave up one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings, leaving him with a 2.73 ERA.

Enright has pitched at least five innings while allowing no more than three runs in all 10 of his major league starts this season. He also helped his own cause with a single before Upton homered.

"I'm trying not to think about it," Enright said of his string of solid outings, "but it's obviously an accomplishment. Trying to keep the team in the ballgame and trying to do my best."

Jordan Norberto, Esmerling Vasquez, Aaron Heilman and Juan Gutierrez finished up for Enright, shutting out the Rockies over 2 2/3 innings. Gutierrez earned his fourth save.

Jimenez, sporting the majors' best road ERA at 2.16 entering the game, lost to the Diamondbacks for the first time in four starts against them this season. He remained tied with St. Louis' Adam Wainwright for the most wins in the majors.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a pair of singles and Chris Iannetta's RBI grounder, but finished with only four hits for the game.

"There is no other explanation for 38-20 at home and 24-40 on the road. We just have not hit enough on the road," manager Jim Tracy said. "At times we don't even look like the same club on the road."

Jimenez blanked the Diamondbacks through the first three innings and faced the minimum nine batters.

Upton doubled off the center-field wall in the fourth. He was at third base with two outs when Jimenez uncorked a wild pitch.

"To tell you the truth, I made a lot of mistakes the whole game," Jimenez said. "They just made me pay for it those two pitches. I threw a lot of pitches that they probably could have hit out."

Notes
  • The Diamondbacks signed veteran LHP Mike Hampton to a minor league contract. At 38, the two-time All-Star hasn't pitched a full season since 2004. He will report to Triple-A Reno and be used as a reliever.
  • Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez was not in the starting lineup because of a bruised knee, which he hurt Wednesday in Los Angeles making a catch at the wall. Gonzalez pinch-hit in the seventh and drew a walk. He is having trouble running hard and had not appeared in a game since getting injured.
  • Colorado's Aaron Cook , on the 15-day disabled list with a toe injury since Aug. 5, threw a 25-pitch simulated inning Friday in Tulsa. Cook will likely throw another simulated inning in the coming days.
 
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Justin Upton is congratulated as he crosses the plate after smacking a two-run home run in the sixth. (AP)
Justin Upton is congratulated as he crosses the plate after smacking a two-run home run in the sixth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

J. Upton
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Arizona

B. Enright
IP 6.2
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 4
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF4000032 .262
Dexter Fowler, CF4000000 .241
Seth Smith, RF3000111 .262
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4010012 .318
Ian Stewart, 3B3110001 .267
Todd Helton, 1B4010011 .247
Chris Iannetta, C4011000 .209
Jonathan Herrera, 2B2000101 .274
   a- Jason Giambi, PH1000002 .267
Ubaldo Jimenez, P2000001 .117
   b- Carlos Gonzalez, PH0000100 .318
    Esmil Rogers, PR0000000 .250
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   c- Melvin Mora, PH1000012 .263
Totals3214137  
a-flied out for Herrera in the 9th
b-walked for Jimenez in the 7th
c-struck out for Betancourt in the 9th
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (24, Enright)
RBI - Chris Iannetta (20)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Stewart-Herrera-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,17-4) 6333131 2.66
Manny Corpas 0.2100020 4.28
Matt Reynolds 0.1000000 0.00
Rafael Betancourt 1000130 4.11
HBP - Montero (by Matt Reynolds)
WP - Ubaldo Jimenez (10)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 102-61, Manny Corpas 12-7, Matt Reynolds 9-5, Rafael Betancourt 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 9-5
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 21, Manny Corpas 3, Matt Reynolds 2, Rafael Betancourt 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Drew, SS4000011 .262
Justin Upton, RF3222100 .270
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000012 .278
Chris Young, CF3000020 .271
Adam LaRoche, 1B2000110 .271
Mark Reynolds, 3B3010001 .215
Miguel Montero, C2000010 .292
Gerardo Parra, LF3000012 .241
Barry Enright, P2110000 .350
    Jordan Norberto, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Bobby Crosby, PH1000010 .220
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
Totals2734228  
a-struck out for Heilman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Justin Upton (23, Jimenez)
HR - Justin Upton (17, Jimenez)
RBI - Justin Upton 2 (64)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Upton 2 (21)
SB - Justin Upton (14, 2nd base off Betancourt/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Adam LaRoche (11, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Barry Enright (W,4-2) 6.2311240 2.73
Jordan Norberto0000100 6.92
Esmerling Vasquez (H,5) 0.1000010 4.37
Aaron Heilman (H,8) 1000010 3.77
Juan Gutierrez (S,4) 1100010 6.31
HBP - Stewart (by Juan Gutierrez)
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Enright 106-65, Jordan Norberto 6-2, Esmerling Vasquez 5-4, Aaron Heilman 15-9, Juan Gutierrez 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Enright 6-11, Aaron Heilman 1-1, Juan Gutierrez 1-1
Batters Faced - Barry Enright 26, Jordan Norberto 1, Esmerling Vasquez 1, Aaron Heilman 3, Juan Gutierrez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37631
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Tim Tschida