Rockies Win Amid Jimenez Trade
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez was pulled after one rocky inning Saturday night as the Rockies agreed to deal their ace to Cleveland, then Colorado rallied to beat the San Diego Padres 10-6.
Eliezer Alfonzo hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs for the Rockies.
Jimenez started the game and allowed four runs, two hits and four walks in the first. He was lifted for Emil Rogers and told reporters outside the Colorado locker room he had been traded to the Indians.
The Rockies confirmed the five-player deal to the Cleveland Indians later in the game. Colorado will get three minor leaguers and a player to be named later.
In an odd scene, Jimenez went to the mound to warm up after Troy Tulowitzki had hit a two-run homer in the top of the first off Aaron Harang. At the same time, Esmil Rogers began throwing in the Rockies’ bullpen.
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.
Alfonzo erased a 4-3 San Diego lead with a grand slam off reliever Luke Gregerson in the sixth inning to put the Rockies ahead for good. 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 connected at Arizona.
Rogers (4-1) allowed one run on one hit in five innings with one walk and four strikeouts.
Colorado won its third straight and has taken 11 of 14 at Petco Park.
Tulowitzki, who hit his 20th homer, drove in three runs and Chris Nelson had three hits and scored twice.
Harang (9-3) allowed six runs on six hits over 5 2-3 innings.
Alberto Gonzalez had three RBIs for San Diego and Ryan Ludwick drove in two.
Jimenez, who finished third in the NL Cy Young voting last season after going 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA, threw 45 pitches in the first inning, only 21 for strikes.
The 27-year-old right-hander walked Cameron Maybin leading off the inning and after getting an out, walked Chase Headley. Ludwick followed with a two-run double down the left-field line.
Jimenez then walked Jesus Guzman. After striking out Chris Denorfia, Gonzalez lined a double into the left-field corner for two more runs. Jimenez walked Rob Johnson before retiring pitcher Aaron Harang on a line drive to right.
Tulowitzki’s homer broke Colorado’s five-game homerless drought, it 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 on Sunday. Moseley suffered a slight left shoulder dislocation while batting Tuesday night against Arizona. It was the second time in seven weeks that Moseley has suffered the injury. … Padres manager Bud Black said that team doctor Heinz Hoenecke was “encouraged” about the left shoulder surgery performed on LHP Clayton Richard. Black said the team expects Richard to be ready by the first day of spring training with no restrictions.
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