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Rockies hope Giambi's home run starts an avalanche

The Sports Xchange

The Rockies have been marking time. They haven't endured a nasty tailspin. And they haven't put together any kind of a hot streak. They are 12-12.

Their record on the current homestand is 3-3, thanks to Jason Giambi's pinch-hit, three-run walk-off home run Wednesday that beat the Dodgers, 8-5.

That hit was yet the latest example of the Rockies' ability to come back and made them 3-4 in rubber games, including 2-2 at home. But perhaps Giambi's dramatic home run can have some staying power and help the Rockies rise above their mediocrity.

The Dodgers scored twice in the eighth to take a 3-2 lead and twice in the ninth to go ahead, 5-3, before Giambi's theatrics.

Giambi said that last season, "The offense would have quit, gone into shutdown mode once we lost the lead. Not now. We have been playing better defense. We are hitting. If the starters can get us deeper into games, this can be the kind of win that really propels us."

The Rockies have had one three-game losing streak (April 7-9) and one three-game winning streak (April 17-20). They have had one other two-game winning streak (April 13-14) and two other two-game losing streaks (April 15-16 and April 28-29).

The Rockies got a big lift Wednesday when left-hander Drew Pomeranz pitched a career-high 6 2/3 innings.

But it was only the third time in the last eight games that a starter pitched into the seventh, and in the other five games in that stretch, the starter failed to reach the sixth inning.

So Giambi's hit didn't only give the Rockies a series victory over the Dodgers. It put the wind at the Rockies backs as they enter a weekend series against the Braves to finish the current homestand.

"We need to build off this," Todd Helton said.

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