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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-05-07

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-05-07
For the first time in five starts, Ubaldo Jimenez won Wednesday.

For the first time in eight games, the Rockies had more than three hits with runners in scoring position, going 4-for-9.

And for the first time all season -- and this was their 26th game -- they won a game by more than seven runs.

Their two seven-run victories -- 9-2 at Arizona and 10-3 against the Phillies -- came on April 8 and April 10, back when the season was in its first week, no team had dug its way into a hole and it was too early to discern any trends, troubling or encouraging.

That's why the Rockies' 11-1 stomping of the Giants on Wednesday was more than their most lopsided win of the season. The victory came at the start of an eight-game homestand during which "the offense needs to get a rhythm and a rhyme to it, and I believe they will," manager Clint Hurdle said. "But this is an excellent opportunity for us to do that."

The Rockies are 11-15 and trail the 21-8 Dodgers by 8 1/2 games. But a closer look at Colorado's ledger is both unusual and revealing.

"We've had 11 victories, and in seven of them, we've scored nine runs or more," Hurdle said. "So the ability to ignite is there, but the consistency is what we're striving to be better with throughout the lineup and throughout games. So the gaps aren't as big where we're scoring a lot and we aren't scoring."

Jimenez, who gave the Rockies their eighth quality start in the past 10 games, broke a four-game losing streak while throwing 66 of 103 pitches for strikes. He allowed five hits and one run while pitching into the eighth inning. He said he did a much better job of staying back in his delivery, which resulted in sharp fastball command.

"Piggybacking off the last four innings on the road in the last start," Hurdle said, referring actually to a span Friday at San Francisco when Jimenez allowed two singles and one run, "we're starting to see the form and the sequences we saw in the second half of last season. The fastball percentage and usage spiked. It was about 70 percent fastballs, to both sides of the plate. (His) secondary pitches he put in play and he had command of."

ROCKIES 11, GIANTS 1: The Rockies began an eight-game homestand with their most lopsided win of the season and beat an old nemesis in the process. Randy Johnson, who took the mound 19-7 against the Rockies and with more wins against them than any against other club, was knocked out in the sixth inning when the Rockies scored four runs to go ahead 7-0, a rally that included three consecutive two-out hits with runners in scoring position. Ubaldo Jimenez broke a four-game losing streak, holding the Giants to five hits and one run before leaving after giving up two hits to open the eighth.

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