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Giambi belts three HRs to hit rare feat in Rockies win

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PHILADELPHIA -- With one mighty cut after another, Jason Giambi looked like the old Giambino.

Giambi became the second-oldest player to hit three homers in a game and tied his career high with seven RBI, leading the Colorado Rockies past the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Thursday night.

"It's nice to contribute and get an opportunity to play," said Giambi, who started at first base because Todd Helton had a stiff back. "It's exciting, something you dream about."

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Jhoulys Chacin was the beneficiary of Giambi's turn-back-the-clock power display. Chacin (5-2) allowed one run and four hits, striking out a season-high nine in seven innings.

Making a rare start, Giambi went deep in his first three at-bats. The 40-year-old former AL MVP entered 3 for 26 (.115) this season with one home run and four RBI.

"Those were dynamic swings, the type of swings he's taken as a regular player where anytime that bat is moving forward it's dangerous if the ball gets centered," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

With two chances to match the major league record of four homers in a game, Giambi struck out looking against Scott Mathieson in the sixth and went down swinging against J.C. Romero in the ninth.

"I was up there letting it fly, giving it some whacks," Giambi said.

Stan Musial is the oldest player to connect three times in a game. He was 41 when he did it against the New York Mets on July 8, 1962.

Giambi hit a three-run drive into the second deck in right field in the first inning off Kyle Kendrick (3-3). He lined a two-run shot to right off Kendrick in the third. Giambi hit another two-run shot to right off Danys Baez in the fifth.

It was the third time in eight days that a big league player hit three homers in a game. Carlos Beltran did it for the New York Mets last Thursday and Toronto slugger Jose Bautista accomplished the feat Sunday.

Giambi is the 12th Rockies player to homer three times in a game. Larry Walker was the last to do it on June 25, 2004, at Cleveland. Giambi has 419 career homers and 39 multihomer games.

Kendrick started in place of Joe Blanton, who was scratched minutes before the game because of soreness in his right elbow. He allowed five runs and seven hits in three innings.

"Giambi did most of the hitting. He did him in," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

When Giambi connected in the first to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead, the game was pretty much over. The NL East-leading Phillies have slumped terribly on offense. They have 10 runs and 28 hits in their last six games, going 1-5.

Giambi struck out against closer Ryan Madson with the tying run on second base to end Wednesday night's 2-1 loss. But he looked like his old self in this one.

Before the game, Giambi made an adjustment with his stance and stood more upright.

"I just needed to get some at-bats," he said.

Giambi was the 2000 AL MVP with Oakland when he hit .333 with 43 homers and 137 RBI. He hit 41 homers twice with the New York Yankees, and had 32 in his last season as a full-time starter in 2008. He's been a role player the last 2½ years.

During the Barry Bonds trial this year, Giambi publicly admitted that he previously used steroids.

On a night when it rained steadily early in the game, the highlight for Phillies fans came when pitcher Cliff Lee batted for Kendrick in the third. Lee got a loud ovation from the fans who remained in their seats. He was even cheered as walked back to the dugout after striking out.

Lee, off to a subpar 2-4 start, is the fan favorite on a team filled with players who've accomplished more in Philadelphia.

The Phillies got their only run when Raul Ibanez hit a ground-rule double in the fourth.

Notes

  • Rockies LF Carlos Gonzalez left in the third with tightness in his left groin.
  • Giambi's last multihomer game was with Oakland against Toronto on May 9, 2009.
  • Rockies C Chris Iannetta was 0 for 5 with four strikeouts.
  • Phillies CF Shane Victorino (right hamstring) missed his fourth straight start. He had an MRI before the game, but didn't know the results. He's likely heading to the disabled list.
  • A crowd of 45,425 was the 158th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason play.
  • Blanton has already been sidelined this season with elbow problems, and is likely going back on the DL.
  • The Phillies have gone down 1-2-3 in 13 of their last 29 innings. They've scored more than three runs just six times in May and are 8-9 this month.
  • Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard is hitless in his last 20 at-bats.
 
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Jason Giambi, 40, whose three HRs are one shy of the MLB record, becomes the second-oldest player to record the feat.  (AP)
Jason Giambi, 40, whose three HRs are one shy of the MLB record, becomes the second-oldest player to record the feat. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Giambi
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 3
RBI 7
Colorado

J. Chacin
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 9
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5110020 .245
Jonathan Herrera, 2B5020001 .287
Carlos Gonzalez, LF2110001 .245
    Ryan Spilborghs, LF2000011 .229
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5210004 .247
Jason Giambi, 1B5337022 .194
    Felipe Paulino, P0000000 .000
Seth Smith, RF4030110 .301
Jose Lopez, 3B5040001 .214
Chris Iannetta, C5000046 .220
Jhoulys Chacin, P4000003 .105
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Ty Wigginton, 1B0000000 .224
Totals427157110  
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (7, Kendrick), Jose Lopez 2 (4, Baez, Romero)
HR - Jason Giambi 3 (4, Kendrick, Kendrick, Baez)
RBI - Jason Giambi 7 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Giambi 5 (9)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Herrera-Wigginton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jhoulys Chacin (W,5-2) 7411190 2.70
Matt Lindstrom 1100000 1.47
Felipe Paulino 1100000 6.28
WP - Jhoulys Chacin (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 113-76, Matt Lindstrom 10-9, Felipe Paulino 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 8-5, Matt Lindstrom 2-1, Felipe Paulino 1-1
Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 27, Matt Lindstrom 4, Felipe Paulino 3
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS3000111 .266
Michael Martinez, CF4000011 .194
Placido Polanco, 3B4120010 .335
Ryan Howard, 1B4000022 .241
Ross Gload, RF4010010 .313
Raul Ibanez, LF4021001 .233
Carlos Ruiz, C4010003 .218
Pete Orr, 2B3000012 .230
Kyle Kendrick, P0000000 .333
   a- Cliff Lee, PH1000011 .118
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
   b- Ben Francisco, PH1000000 .216
    Scott Mathieson, P0000000 .000
   c- John Mayberry Jr., PH1000011 .250
    Michael Stutes, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
Totals3316119  
a-struck out for Kendrick in the 3rd
b-grounded out for Baez in the 5th
c-struck out for Mathieson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Raul Ibanez (8, Chacin)
RBI - Raul Ibanez (17)
2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez (9)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ross Gload 1
E - Placido Polanco (4, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (L,3-3) 3755122 3.28
Danys Baez 2321011 4.42
Scott Mathieson 2300030 0.00
Michael Stutes 1100020 2.70
J.C. Romero 1100020 3.18
HBP - Spilborghs (by Scott Mathieson)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 73-48, Danys Baez 40-26, Scott Mathieson 40-27, Michael Stutes 18-12, J.C. Romero 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 4-3, Danys Baez 4-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 17, Danys Baez 10, Scott Mathieson 9, Michael Stutes 4, J.C. Romero 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45425
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Ed Hickox