It took two months, but the Colorado Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez picked up his first win of the season as his team defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-0. The victory came as part of a four-hit complete game shutout. He reached 96 mph on the gun repeatedly, struck out seven and walked zero batters.
The Rockies' offense was the most potent of powers, but it got the job done. Sacrifice flies in the second and third innings by Jose Morales and Carlos Gonzalez, respectively, put the Rockies up early. Then in the fourth innings, Todd Helton hit a home run to right field for a 3-0 lead. He now has seven homers on the season, one short of his 2010 total.
Jimenez picked up his second complete game of the season, throwing an eight-inning loss to the Brewers in May. This is his eighth career complete game and his third shutout. He had four complete games and two shutouts in 2010 when he finished third in NL Cy Young voting.
The highlight of Jimenez's evening was the five-pitch, 1-2-3 seventh inning he threw. All three outs were on the ground.
The Rockies (26-29, 13-14 road) are off Thursday before heading to San Francisco for a three-game weekend series starting Friday.