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Giambi plays hero, Rockies run win streak to 10

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DENVER -- Jason Giambi came off the bench and became the latest late-inning star for the surging Colorado Rockies.

Giambi connected for a pinch-hit, two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and Colorado beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Sunday to extend its winning streak to 10 games.

"Streaks likes this, you win in all kinds of different ways," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

Postseason Chase

Colorado's winning streak is the longest in the NL this season and one game short of the major league best held by the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers.

The Rockies pulled within 1½ games of first place in the NL West. San Diego and San Francisco are tied atop the division after the Giants beat the Padres 6-1 on Sunday behind Tim Lincecum.

San Diego comes into Coors Field for a three-game series starting Monday night. With a few more wins and some help from the Los Angeles Dodgers, who play the Giants beginning on Tuesday, the Rockies could soon move into first place.

"That's been a goal and now we've got a shot to do it," shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said.

Jonathan Herrera started the winning rally when he reached on an error by second baseman Kelly Johnson. Clint Barmes struck out for the second out before Giambi, who was 0 for 16 against Arizona this year, drove a 1-1 pitch from Sam Demel (1-1) to center for his sixth homer of the season.

"I got a pitch I could handle and I hit it out of the ballpark," Giambi said. "I was hoping to take a good at-bat and get one in the gap because we've got Herrera at first who could score. I was lucky enough to get it up in the air."

The Rockies didn't know it was gone until center fielder Chris Young stopped running.

"Coors Field, anything's possible," Demel said. "He caught it well, got out in front, popped it up in the air and it got out of here."

Huston Street (3-4) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.

Arizona starter Ian Kennedy was masterful for six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, striking out six and walking three. After allowing a two-out single to Tulowitzki in the first and walking Todd Helton, Kennedy retired the next 15 batters before yielding a two-out double to Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth.

Kennedy also had three of the Diamondbacks' eight hits, but his potent bat caused him to leave after throwing only 82 pitches due to a cramp in his right calf that flared up while he was running the bases in the sixth.

"I wanted to go back out there [for the seventh] because I knew my pitch count was low and my arm felt good," he said. "I was on base too much, I guess. That's usually not my problem."

Still, the right-hander was in line for his sixth win in his last seven starts when, for the second straight game, the Rockies rallied. Helton drew a leadoff walk from Blaine Boyer in the seventh and two outs later Miguel Olivo walked. Pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs hit a bloop double off the outstretched glove of shortstop Stephen Drew in shallow left field to drive in both runners and tie the score at 2.

"Two four-pitch walks," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "You can't do that to Colorado. Both scored. That's not good baseball."

The Diamondbacks took the lead in the third with the help of an error by Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin. Kennedy led off with a single and, after Drew struck out, Chacin threw Young's potential double-play grounder into center field to put runners at the corners.

Johnson walked to load the bases, Adam LaRoche followed with a sacrifice fly and Miguel Montero doubled in Young to make it 2-0.

Chacin loaded the bases again in the fourth but got Johnson to ground out, ending the inning. Chacin gave up two unearned runs in four innings, struck out four and walked four.

The Rockies had a chance to score first when they loaded the bases in the first, but Melvin Mora grounded out to end the threat.

Notes
  • Rockies C Chris Iannetta left after the first inning with a right calf strain.
  • Diamondbacks 3B Mark Reynolds was ejected in the sixth for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Gerry Davis.
  • Arizona OF Justin Upton (left shoulder soreness) was not in the starting lineup.
 
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Jason Giambi's walk-off HR in the ninth helps the Rockies extend the NL's longest win streak this season. (AP)
Jason Giambi's walk-off HR in the ninth helps the Rockies extend the NL's longest win streak this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

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

S. Drew
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Drew, SS5030012 .273
Chris Young, CF4100113 .262
Kelly Johnson, 2B3000215 .273
Adam LaRoche, 1B4001021 .264
Miguel Montero, C3021100 .281
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000024 .206
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
Brandon Allen, LF3000122 .263
Gerardo Parra, RF3000021 .250
Ian Kennedy, P3130000 .208
    Tony Abreu, 3B1000011 .243
Totals33282512  
Batting
2B - Miguel Montero (18, Chacin)
SF - Adam LaRoche (3)
SH - Gerardo Parra (3)
RBI - Adam LaRoche (91), Miguel Montero (40)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Montero (20)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Kelly Johnson (7, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy 6200360 3.87
Blaine Boyer (BS,3) 0.2222210 4.33
Aaron Heilman 1.1100110 4.27
Sam Demel (L,1-1) 0.2120011 5.46
IBB - Helton by Aaron Heilman
WP - Aaron Heilman (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 82-53, Blaine Boyer 22-9, Aaron Heilman 27-14, Sam Demel 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 4-7, Aaron Heilman 2-1, Sam Demel 2-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 22, Blaine Boyer 6, Aaron Heilman 6, Sam Demel 4
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., 2B3010110 .277
    Clint Barmes, 2B1000011 .233
Dexter Fowler, CF4000023 .249
   a- Jason Giambi, PH1112000 .259
Carlos Gonzalez, LF3020100 .337
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4010002 .323
Todd Helton, 1B1100300 .249
Melvin Mora, 3B4000024 .274
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Seth Smith, RF4000003 .255
Chris Iannetta, C0000000 .210
    Miguel Olivo, C3100120 .278
Jhoulys Chacin, P1000000 .088
    Esmil Rogers, P1000010 .188
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .250
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1012000 .282
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Herrera, 3B1100000 .281
Totals3246469  
a-homered for Fowler in the 9th
b-doubled for Belisle in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (31, Kennedy), Ryan Spilborghs (20, Boyer)
HR - Jason Giambi (6, Demel)
RBI - Jason Giambi 2 (32), Ryan Spilborghs 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Giambi 2 (11), Ryan Spilborghs 2 (12)
CS - Eric Young Jr. (5, 2nd base by Kennedy/Montero)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Young-Helton
E - Jhoulys Chacin (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jhoulys Chacin 4520440 3.53
Esmil Rogers 2300040 5.04
Joe Beimel 0.2000000 3.21
Matt Belisle 0.1000010 2.70
Rafael Betancourt 1000110 3.83
Huston Street (W,3-4) 1000020 3.57
Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 84-46, Esmil Rogers 31-21, Joe Beimel 8-4, Matt Belisle 6-4, Rafael Betancourt 16-9, Huston Street 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 4-4, Esmil Rogers 1-1, Joe Beimel 2-0, Rafael Betancourt 2-0
Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 21, Esmil Rogers 9, Joe Beimel 2, Matt Belisle 1, Rafael Betancourt 4, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41504
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Brian Knight