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Rocky outing for Jimenez, but Colorado tops Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- Ubaldo Jimenez got the start for the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night. At some point during his brief outing, he was no longer with the team.

Talk about a strange game.

Jimenez was pulled after one rocky inning when the Rockies agreed to deal their ace to Cleveland, and Colorado rallied for a 10-6 victory over the San Diego Padres.

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"Some very incredible circumstances in relation to this game," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "To go out there and win the ballgame speaks for itself."

Eliezer Alfonzo hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs for the Rockies. Troy Tulowitzki had three RBI, including a two-run homer, and Esmil Rogers (4-1) came on in relief of Jimenez and allowed one run in five innings.

But it was how Jimenez started the game, with Rogers was warming up in the bullpen, that was odd.

"He started to warm up and we found out shortly after the national anthem had finished that it was official," Tracy said. "At the time that he went down [to warm up], we hadn't gotten official confirmation. Once the game started, there was [a deal]."

Jimenez gave up four runs, two hits and four walks in the shaky first. He was lifted for Rogers and told reporters outside the Colorado locker room he had been traded to the Indians.

The Rockies confirmed the five-player deal with Cleveland later in the game. Colorado will get three minor leaguers and a player to be named.

"For sure, I didn't have my mind on baseball right there," Jimenez said. "It's extremely hard to get traded. When I got to the mound in the first inning, I couldn't even throw a strike because I didn't have my mind on the game."

Jimenez was greeted with hugs, handshakes and pats on the back from his teammates and coaches when he came into the dugout after the first inning.

"I have known him since I have been with the organization," Tulowitzki said. "It's tough to see someone like him go."

Tracy said before Jimenez went to the mound, there were plenty of distractions.

"I called him into the office [before the game] because there was something that had gone across on the television that said he had been traded," Tracy said. "I was waiting for confirmation. If time allowed, he would not have started the game. But I didn't get that call, so I called him in here to tell him the TV was not [true]."

Even though the trade was not a surprise, Tracy said that doesn't make it easier.

"I understand the things we are doing," said Tracy, whose eyes got moist as he spoke of Jimenez. "But that doesn't make it very simple to say goodbye to somebody who has meant so much to this organization and to myself personally as a manager."

Alfonzo connected against reliever Luke Gregerson in the sixth inning, giving the Rockies a 7-4 lead. He also drew a bases-loaded walk.

Alfonzo's home run was his first since May 30, 2010, for Seattle. It was the first grand slam by Colorado since Sept. 23, 2010, when Carlos Gonzalez went deep at Arizona.

"It was kind of bittersweet," Alfonzo said. "It feels good to contribute, but then to lost Ubaldo makes it tough."

Colorado earned its third consecutive win, improving to 11-3 in its last 14 games at Petco Park.

Chris Nelson had three hits and scored twice and Tulowitzki reached the 20-homer mark for the fourth time in his five full seasons.

Aaron Harang (9-3) allowed six runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings for San Diego.

"It was kind of an odd day," Harang said. "[Jimenez] didn't look like his normal self."

Alberto Gonzalez had three RBI for San Diego and Ryan Ludwick drove in two.

Jimenez, who finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting last season after going 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA, threw 45 pitches, only 21 for strikes.

Ludwick and Alberto Gonzalez each had a two-run double in the first.

Tulowitzki's homer broke Colorado's five-game drought, its longest in nearly a year.

Notes

  • San Diego LHP Wade LeBlanc will be called up from Triple-A Tucson to start in place of RHP Dustin Moseley (slight left shoulder dislocation) on Sunday.
  • Padres manager Bud Black said team doctor Heinz Hoenecke was "encouraged" about LHP Clayton Richard's shoulder surgery. Black said the team expects Richard to be ready by the first day of spring training with no restrictions.
 
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Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca speaks with Ubaldo Jimenez after his trade to Cleveland became official in the first inning. (AP)
Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca speaks with Ubaldo Jimenez after his trade to Cleveland became official in the first inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

E. Alfonzo
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 5
San Diego

A. Gonzalez
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF3100102 .222
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
Dexter Fowler, CF5220032 .263
Todd Helton, 1B5110014 .312
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5123022 .285
Seth Smith, RF4100102 .287
Chris Nelson, 2B5231010 .244
Ian Stewart, 3B3111200 .147
Eliezer Alfonzo, C4115101 .238
Ubaldo Jimenez, P0000000 .114
    Esmil Rogers, P3020000 .333
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH1000013 .254
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Spilborghs, LF0000000 .219
Totals3810121058  
a-struck out for Rogers in the 7th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (17, Gregerson), Troy Tulowitzki (27, Frieri), Chris Nelson 2 (7, Harang, Harang), Ian Stewart (5, Harang)
3B - Dexter Fowler (9, Frieri)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (20, Harang), Eliezer Alfonzo (1, Gregerson)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 3 (72), Chris Nelson (6), Ian Stewart (4), Eliezer Alfonzo 5 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 3 (25), Chris Nelson (4), Ian Stewart (2), Eliezer Alfonzo 5 (5)
SB - Eric Young Jr. 2 (6, 2nd base off Harang/Johnson, 3rd base off Harang/Johnson)
CS - Eric Young Jr. (1, 2nd base by Harang/Johnson)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Eliezer Alfonzo (3, Throwing), Chris Nelson (3, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez 1244420 4.46
Esmil Rogers (W,4-1) 5111140 7.31
Matt Lindstrom 1000020 2.88
Rafael Betancourt 1110030 4.07
Rex Brothers 1000020 2.18
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 45-21, Esmil Rogers 61-38, Matt Lindstrom 17-9, Rafael Betancourt 20-16, Rex Brothers 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esmil Rogers 7-4, Rafael Betancourt 1-0, Rex Brothers 1-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 9, Esmil Rogers 17, Matt Lindstrom 3, Rafael Betancourt 5, Rex Brothers 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cameron Maybin, CF4100131 .280
Orlando Hudson, 2B4000031 .243
Chase Headley, 3B3200110 .292
Ryan Ludwick, LF4112011 .238
Jesus Guzman, 1B3221100 .325
Chris Denorfia, RF4000024 .263
Alberto Gonzalez, SS2013100 .208
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
   a- Kyle Blanks, PH1000011 .095
    Anthony Bass, P0000000 .000
Rob Johnson, C3000121 .203
Aaron Harang, P1000002 .139
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Logan Forsythe, SS2000000 .188
Totals31646513  
a-struck out for Frieri in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick (18, Jimenez), Jesus Guzman (8, Rogers), Alberto Gonzalez (6, Jimenez)
SH - Aaron Harang (3)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick 2 (64), Jesus Guzman (18), Alberto Gonzalez 3 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Alberto Gonzalez 2 (16)
SB - Cameron Maybin (24, 3rd base off Jimenez/Alfonzo), Chase Headley (10, 2nd base off Betancourt/Alfonzo)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Rob Johnson (2, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Harang (L,9-3) 5.2666261 3.76
Luke Gregerson (BS,3) 1433111 3.11
Ernesto Frieri 1.1211210 3.40
Anthony Bass 1000000 1.29
IBB - Stewart by Aaron Harang, Smith by Luke Gregerson
HBP - Young (by Aaron Harang)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 101-65, Luke Gregerson 26-15, Ernesto Frieri 33-17, Anthony Bass 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 5-5, Ernesto Frieri 1-2, Anthony Bass 3-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 25, Luke Gregerson 8, Ernesto Frieri 8, Anthony Bass 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37034
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Mike Winters