Jimenez Earns 1st Win, Rockies Beat Dodgers 3-0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez pitched a four-hitter to win for the first time this season, Todd Helton homered and the Colorado Rockies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 on Wednesday night, snapping a three-game losing skid.
Jimenez (1-5) struck out seven and walked none for the first time this season in his 10th start. He retired 14 in a row during one stretch.
The right-hander owns the lowest road ERA on the Rockies’ staff, but it hadn’t helped him much. He had received a total of five runs of support in 19 previous innings away from home.
The Dodgers’ four hits were all singles. Sluggers Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp were a combined 1 for 8, with Kemp striking out to end the game.
Jon Garland (1-5) gave up five hits and three runs in six innings, struck out two and walked one. The right-hander has lost six of his last seven starts, with his lone victory coming on April 20 against Atlanta.
In a bid to shake things up after losing eight of 10 games, Colorado manager Jim Tracy had his club skip batting practice.
After scoring a total of six runs in their previous three losses, the Rockies needed just three runs to end their frustration.
Helton homered into the lower right field seats to lead off the seventh inning, extending Colorado’s lead to 3-0.
The Rockies got sacrifice flies from Jose Morales in the second and Carlos Gonzalez in the third.
NOTES: The Rockies snapped their six-game road losing streak to NL West opponents. … The Dodgers’ season-high-tying three-game winning streak ended. … Green Bay Packers linebacker and former USC star Clay Matthews attended the game on the first bobblehead night for rookie Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
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