Todd Helton went 3-for-4, raising his average to .360. He hit his third home run of the season and moved within 11 hits of 2,000 for his career.
Toss in back-to-back solo home runs off Randy Johnson by Matt Murton and Yorvit Torrealba in the fifth inning, and all was right in the Rockies' world.
Jimenez pitched seven solid innings, allowing one run and five hits. He struck out six. Until he got a touch wild in the seventh inning, he was dominant. Jimenez notched his first victory since April 7, his first start of the season.
Johnson, nearly invincible Friday in San Francisco when he threw seven shutout innings against the Rockies , was reduced to a mere mortal Wednesday. He was gone after just 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs and eight hits. For only the seventh time in 592 starts, Johnson failed to strike out a batter. The previous time that happened was Aug. 4, 2006, when he has pitching for the Yankees at Baltimore.
That Wednesday wasn't going to see a vintage Johnson became apparent in the fifth when Murton hit his first home run in a Rockies uniform, driving the ball deep into the left-field bleachers. It was Murton's first home run since Sept. 27, 2007, in Cincinnati. Murton was playing for the Chicago Cubs at the time.
Torrealba followed with an opposite-field homer to right, giving the Rockies a 3-0 lead.
All that execution the Rockies stressed during spring training? It paid off in the third inning. Torrealba and Clint Barmes drew walks off Johnson, then advanced on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Jimenez. Torrealba scored on Dexter Fowler's sacrifice fly to center for the game's first run.