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Finally! Jimenez shuts out Dodgers for 1st win

Jun 2, 2011 - 5:21 AM Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Ubaldo Jimenez can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

The 27-year-old righty captured his elusive first win of 2011 during the first day of the third full month of baseball with a shutout, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jimenez (1-5), who had 10 wins by this time last season, allowed just four hits and struck out seven in his 10th start of the season.

"It feels great," Jimenez said. "It's been a long time. My fastball was great and it really moved. I've been working a lot on my mechanics."

Jose Morales and Carlos Gonzalez both drove in a run and Todd Helton had a solo homer to make up the offense for Colorado, which halted a three-game skid and salvaged the finale of a three-game set.

Jon Garland (1-5) allowed three runs on five hits in six innings to get the loss, which snapped the Dodgers' season high-tying three-game win streak.

"I kept the ball down, but I felt I could have done better," Garland said. "When you run in to a buzzsaw like Ubaldo, you just have to tip your cap."

During the second inning, Ty Wigginton laced a line drive into center where Matt Kemp missed the ball on a diving attempt. Wigginton was able to leg out the triple and score on Morales' sacrifice fly to start a stretch where Colorado plated a run in three straight frames.

Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly in the third to score Seth Smith and Helton belted a leadoff homer in the fourth to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.

Meanwhile, Jimenez kept the Dodgers offense at bay. He threw just five pitches in the seventh, getting Kemp, Jay Gibbons and James Loney on ground outs. That was part of nine straight retired batters between the sixth and eighth innings.

Rafael Furcal broke the string of retired batters with a single to start the ninth. Jimenez, though, got out of the inning unharmed to earn the third shutout of his career.

It was also his eighth career complete game and second of the season. He pitched eight innings during a 3-1 loss in Milwaukee on May 22.

Game Notes

Jimenez is 7-6 in 17 starts against the Dodgers...It was just the Rockies' third win in 13 games...Garland has four losses and three no decisions in his last seven starts. He hasn't won since April 20...The Rockies announced before the game that pitcher Jorge De La Rosa is scheduled to have Tommy John surgery on his left elbow Friday, which will sideline him the remainder of the season.


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  • Todd Helton lead-off Home Run (7) to right. Ty Wigginton due up.

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